Justice and Safety

  • Minister for Community Safety thanks fire staff

    24th December 2018 by

    Minister reflects on the key achievements of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service this year. Without a doubt, 2018 has shown us the best of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. In March, when a huge fire took hold of Victoria’s on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, 120 firefighters mobilised to the scene. Crews immediately evacuated...

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  • A thank you to justice staff from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice

    24th December 2018 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has thanked staff across the Justice System for their efforts year-round and throughout the festive period

    Many of us will be taking time off from work over the festive period. Spending it with our families, sharing gifts and stories and enjoying all that the season has to offer. However the holiday period does not mean a break for everyone. The festive period can be a particularly busy time for Scotland’s police...

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  • Christmas – A time for giving… and paying back

    21st December 2018 by

    For the past ten years East Dunbartonshire Council’s unpaid work team have been involved in a project where more than 700 of the community’s most disadvantaged families receive donations of presents in the run up to Christmas. The scheme was set up to help families who often struggle to buy gifts for Christmas. The inclusion...

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  • First meeting of Victims Taskforce

    12th December 2018 by

    Group to drive progress to ensure victims’ voices are strengthened meets for the first time. A new expert group will today (Wednesday 12 December) meet for the first time to improve support, advice and information for victims of crime. Co-chaired by the Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, the Victims Taskforce...

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  • Groundbreaking centre to be launched for Edinburgh and the Lothians

    11th December 2018 by

    A pioneering centre for children, young people and adults who have been victims of sexual assault and other forms of abuse and neglect is to be created for Edinburgh and the Lothians. A group of agencies have joined forces to develop the £2.9m bespoke facility, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland...

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  • Festive drink-drive warning

    27th November 2018 by

    Campaign highlights the consequences of drink driving Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham, Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams launched the festive drink-drive awareness and enforcement campaign in Edinburgh today, to highlight the criminal and personal consequences of being found guilty of drink-driving. New research reveals Scots believe the top...

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  • Domestic Abuse

    27th November 2018 by

    Number of cases recorded by police remains around 60,000 a year. Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has responded to official statistics showing there were 59,541 domestic abuse incidents recorded by Police Scotland last year – up 1% on 2016-17. In line with previous years, around four out of every five incidents of domestic abuse...

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  • The week in review

    18th November 2018 by

    This week’s round up includes plans to consult on the use and regulation of fireworks, 50 years of the Parole Board for Scotland and the latest on the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill. Fireworks consultation Community Safety Minister Ash Denham announced plans for a consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. Fireworks...

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  • Appropriate Adult service consultation

    12th November 2018 by

    Responses to consultation on establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service were overwhelmingly supportive, analysis has shown. Appropriate Adult services ensure vulnerable people with communication difficulties are supported during contact with police – for example during interviews and other police station procedures. Appropriate Adults can assist victims, witnesses, suspects and accused in police investigations who are...

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  • The week in review

    11th November 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes a visit to see community payback orders in action, bonfire night activity and the passing of the Prescriptions Bill. Emergency Service thanks Community Safety Minister Ash Denham joined the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) and other partners in urging people across Scotland to enjoy fireworks safely on Bonfire Night.  Later...

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