How Glasgow is beating knife crime
The “excellent” work of police and other agencies in driving down knife crime in Glasgow and other Scotland cities was praised by Theresa May this week. The prime minister told the Commons that Scotland’s public health approach to reducing knife crime will form part of the UK government’s response to the soaring number of young stabbing victims across England.
Police holding information session in Dundee for budding special constables
A special constable recruitment information session is to be held by Police Scotland’s Tayside Division. Special constable co-ordinator PC Alison Tooze will host the session at Skills Development Scotland for those interested in applying for the role of special constable. Those attending will be given information on the role, the essential criteria needed to join, the application process and hints and tips on applying. Special constables are volunteer police officers who carry out the role in their spare time. The session will be held on Monday from 1.30-2.30pm at Skills Development Scotland, Royal Exchange Building, Panmure Street, Dundee.
MPS told smacking ban would encourage culture shift on violence
Introducing legislation to ban smacking is the first step in changing the culture around physical punishment, it has been suggested. MSPs are currently considering a bill that would remove the defence of “justifiable assault” in Scots law. The defence currently allows parents to use physical punishment on children. It has been claimed a ban would risk criminalising parents.