Justice & Safety

  • Weekly round-up – April 21

    21st April 2017 by

    The announcement of new curbs against drug-driving, funding to tackle sectarianism and taking delivery of new fire & rescue vehicles were among the items on Ministers’ agenda this week. Mental health training This week Justice Secretary Michael Matheson saw mental health training for police officers in action in Glenrothes. The event formed part of the on-going...

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  • Police mental health training

    19th April 2017 by

    A few months back, Police Scotland launched their Policing 2026 consultation, aimed at ensuring our police keep pace with the changing nature of crime and of society. Alongside a commitment to increase frontline capabilities, including new civilian specialists in cyber-crime, the strategy recognises that demands in policing are increasingly focused towards addressing vulnerability. Our police...

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  • Guest blog – Karyn McCluskey – Community Justice Scotland Chief Executive

    7th April 2017 by

    While Parliament is in recess we have invited Karyn McCluskey to give us her thoughts following the official launch of the new national body. Sometimes when we consider the complexity of society and the tremendous challenges it offers us, it can feel overwhelming. Deprivation, homelessness, crime, disease – organisations, processes and plans can seem like...

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  • The week in review

    31st March 2017 by

    Railway policing bill on track On Tuesday the Cabinet Secretary of Justice Michael Matheson and the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf gave evidence to the Justice Committee on the Government’s plans to integrate British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland following the devolution of legislative responsibility for railway policing to the Scottish Parliament. Outlining to...

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  • The week in review

    24th March 2017 by

    Attack in London The week’s events have been overshadowed by the terrorist attack at Westminster. The thoughts of Scottish Government Ministers and civil servants – many with friends and colleagues working at Westminster and Whitehall – have been with those caught up in Wednesday’s incident, including relatives of those killed or injured, and the police...

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  • The week in review

    17th March 2017 by

    Air travellers’ safety, improving access to justice and Scotland’s police forensics service were among the items on Ministers’ agenda this week. Breaking the cycle of crime On Monday the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson announced fresh investment in services to help reduce the cycle of reoffending, keeping crime down and communities safe. Apex Scotland,...

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  • The week in review

    10th March 2017 by

    Apprenticeship Week This week was Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 and ministers across government were getting involved. Michael Matheson met apprentices at Falkirk Council, while Annabelle Ewing visited Living Solutions social enterprise to hear how their trainees were helping tackle environmental and social problems. Tackling sectarianism Dr Duncan Morrow’s progress report on how Scotland was tackling...

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  • The week in review

    3rd March 2017 by

    Michael Matheson with Cashback for Communities beneficiaries

    A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio over the week beginning Monday February 27th, 2017.

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  • New starts in the legal profession

    2nd March 2017 by

    New lawyers at the Law Society of Scotland’s admission ceremony

    I was particularly pleased to meet a group of new lawyers at the Law Society of Scotland’s admission ceremony in Edinburgh this week. The event took me back around thirty years ago when I had genuine satisfaction at having finally qualified but a few nerves about the ceremony itself!

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  • Electronic Monitoring in Scotland – A consultation on proposals for legislation

    2nd March 2017 by

    The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on proposals for legislation to expand the use of electronic monitoring in Scotland. The legislative changes will support the delivery of community justice. The consultation paper sets out the legislative changes which we propose to enable new uses for electronic monitoring and also introduce new technologies. In addition...

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