Justice and Safety
The week in review
A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio.
Review of hate crime legislation
A comprehensive review of Scotland’s hate crime legislation was announced by the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Annabelle Ewing on Thursday. The review – to ensure legislation is fit for purpose in the 21st century – will be led by the Right Honourable Lord Bracadale, one of Scotland’s most senior judges. The announcement was welcomed by a range of organisations, including the Equality Network and the Law Society of Scotland. Click here to read Ms Ewing’s full statement to Parliament.
Holocaust Memorial Day
Also on Thursday, the Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson and the Minister signed the Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment. Find out more about the Trust on its website here.
Honouring excellence and innovation in policing
The outstanding work of Police Scotland’s officers, staff, special constables and probationers was recognised at the second annual Scottish Policing Excellence Awards on Friday. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson presented two of the awards, to Jordan Kerr for Probationary Constable of the Year and Jacqueline Ross for Special Constable of the Year. Congratulating all the winners, Mr Matheson paid tribute to the “dedication and innovation” of those individuals who make Police Scotland such an exemplary public service.
“I would like to thank all of the nominees for their outstanding contribution which has touched the lives of families and communities across the country,” he added.
See the whole range of winners and pictures from the day on Twitter, using the #PolScotExcel hashtag.
HMICS call handling report
Earlier this week, Mr Matheson welcomed the findings of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland into call handling within Police Scotland. The update report found significant progress already made by Police Scotland to strengthen call handling, and improved assurance processes put in place by the Scottish Police Authority.
Assistant Chief Constable John Hawkins posted a video in response to the HMICS report.
Fire safety messages gave a nod to the Bard this week, as the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service honoured Burns Night on their Twitter feed.
“Ya wee white beastie on ma ceiling
“Yir beeping sound is so appealing
“Thou need to go and mak some toast
“O’burnt and black
“Oh ma goad what a racket
“That beastie maks!”