The year in justice: a question of rights
The challenge in justice reform has been to balance the considerations of victims and offenders
After several years where problems with Police Scotland have taken the oxygen away from other areas of justice, there will have been relief all round that attention has now moved onto reform in other parts of the justice system. But in a year of contentious justice policy reforms and proposals, balancing the rights of victims with the need to rehabilitate offenders has proved to be a particular area of challenge. Police Scotland has made progress in its implementation of technology, presenting its £298m IT plan to the Scottish Police Authority in September. Since then the rollout of handheld devices to officers has begun, which is expected to bring greater efficiencies, with police not now having to return to base to input data or access systems. Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham told Holyrood that lessons had been learned from previous IT failures and the force would be taking a more “iterative approach” in future.
Humza Yousaf praises Scottish police after sectarian violence in Glasgow march
The Justice Secretary has praised police in Glasgow for a “robust” operation around two republican parades and a counter protest on Saturday afternoon. Humza Yousaf also wished a “full and speedy recovery” to an officer injured by a firework thrown during the incident.
Glasgow faces month of march chaos with 14 parades in next three weeks
Glasgow faces a month of march chaos with 14 planned in the next three weeks. The processions follow a weekend of sectarian pitched battles which brought the city to a standstill and saw 11 people arrested. A boy of 14 was being held by police last night. Glasgow was thrown into chaos on Saturday despite a huge police operation. Officers outnumbered marchers and counter-demonstrators but there were still flashpoints. An officer was hospitalised after being hit by a flare thrown by one of the 1000 Republican marchers and Loyalist protesters. The previous weekend there were shameful scenes in Govan as Loyalist protesters clashed with Republican marchers.
TOP COP WARNING
Scottish police chief warns people may die if sectarian march violence continues
Cop chiefs might not be able to keep putting hundreds of officers on the streets to deal with sectarian mayhem, a union boss fears. Scottish Police Federation vice-chair David Hamilton also warned that someone could even be killed if the violence continues. He hit out after a cop was hurt by a firework in Glasgow city centre as protests against two Republican marches led to running battles and 11 arrests.
‘Worrying’ police #GrabBag campaign goes viral
An online drive encouraging members of the public to “be prepared” by packing a bag with emergency items such as passports, a first aid kit and a torch has been criticised by some social media users. The grab-and-go-bag campaign is being promoted by police forces across the UK, including Police Scotland, and by councils.