Senior Police Scotland figure brands outdated custody facilities ‘prehistoric’
Some of Police Scotland’s custody provision has been branded “prehistoric” by a senior officer. At a meeting of the Justice Sub-committee on Policing, Chief Superintendent Garry McEwan said the force had requested £100 million of funding at the beginning of this year, with some earmarked for a revamp of custody suites. The officer, who works in the Criminal Justice Services Division, said the Scottish Government had paid out “less than half” of the requested amount.
Dozens of drug gang cuckooing victims identified in north east Scotland
An initiative aimed at protecting vulnerable people from being exploited by drug gangs has identified dozens of victims in the north east of Scotland. Police launched a crackdown on dealers who were using a method known as “cuckooing” to target individuals in Fraserburgh and Peterhead last year. Cuckooing is the term used where dealers commandeer homes of people in exchange for drugs. One such couple have spoken of the ordeal and why they had to move away. A year on from the launch, 47 local people have been identified as being victims of cuckooing, and about 30 are now accessing the available support services. Police Scotland carried out fresh raids in Fraserburgh this week, as part of Operation Corner.
West Dunbartonshire community must get involved in tackling domestic abuse
Getting the community involved in helping stop the scourge of domestic abuse in West Dunbartonshire is the focus of a groundbreaking event. Residents are being encouraged to come along to the No Home for Domestic Abuse – Breaking the Cycle conference to share ideas. The aim of the forum is to start a conversation about what West Dunbartonshire can do as a community to support neighbours or friends experiencing it.
A multi-agency drive has been undertaken across the area to address the problem after the region was ranked the worst in Scotland for domestic abuse.
Aberdeen cop vows to lock up Christmas criminals
Criminals have been warned they will spend Christmas behind bars if they step out of line during a major festive crackdown on retail crime in Aberdeen. Undercover and uniformed officers have been visiting the city’s shops and speaking with bosses to investigate “emerging crime trends” in the sector ahead of one of the busiest spells of the year. As well as shoplifting and anti-social behaviour, the use of counterfeit money can increase during November and December as stretched shop staff deal with larger queues. Last night police sergeant Andy Sawers, of the problem solving team at Aberdeen city division, said the approach was already paying off and there had been arrests made.
Custody suites branded ‘prehistoric’ by police boss
Some of Police Scotland’s custody provision has been branded “prehistoric” by a senior officer. At a meeting of the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, chief superintendent Garry McEwan said the force had requested £100m of funding at the beginning of this year, with some earmarked for a revamp of custody suites. The officer, who works in the Criminal Justice Services Division, said the Scottish Government had paid out “less than half” of the requested amount.