Justice and Safety

The week in review

February 24, 2017 by No Comments | Category Justice, Reducing Crime, Statistics

A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio

Violence reduction in hospitals

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson visited Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Thursday night to meet the new Navigators operating out of the emergency department.

Navigators support patients who have been the victims or perpetrators of violence to make the changes they need to improve their lives.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson meets police and NHS staff involved in Edinburgh’s Navigators programme.

Operating in Glasgow since November 2015, the scheme was recently extended to Edinburgh thanks to £70,000 funding from the government.

Mr Matheson met Navigators Tam Begbie and Geraldine Lennon and the medical, police and VRU staff who help make the project such a success.

Community justice figures

More than 1.8 million hours of unpaid work were imposed as part of community payback orders (CPOs) last year, according to figures published this week.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Matheson said: “Paying back to the community is at the heart of our approach to community justice. The evidence clearly shows that short term prison sentences do little to reduce reoffending. On the other hand, community sentences make a big difference. They give people a chance to break the cycle of offending while ensuring they pay back for the damage their actions have caused.”

Anti-sectarianism in schools

A new resource aimed at tackling sectarianism has been launched in Scottish schools.

Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing meets school pupils at the launch of Education Scotland’s new anti-sectarianism resource

Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing met school pupils during the Education Scotland launch this week.

Investment of £12.5 million over the last five years has helped the development of this, and many other resources and research projects aimed at tackling sectarianism in our communities and schools.

Stop and search

An update report from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) was published this week. The report found Police Scotland has delivered ‘substantial improvements’ in the way stop and search is conducted, recorded and monitored.

The report was roundly welcomed, including by Police Scotland who recognise the need for stop and search to be carried out in a ‘lawful, proportionate, justifiable and accountable manner’.

CashBack partners

The organisations benefiting from CashBack’s latest round of funding met this week to learn more about the programme and talk about ways to work together. Funding of £17 million has been allocated to 17 different organisations for projects which will help some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people.

Security and police cooperation

Director for Safer Communities Gillian Russell and Head of Arrest and Detention Powers Lindsey Henderson met UK and European counterparts to discuss security and police cooperation.

Gillian Russell and Lindsay Henderson of the Scottish Government in Brussels.

Ms Russell said: “There is a clear wish to ensure that the safety and security of citizens throughout Europe is protected and enhanced. A lot of work is underway in Brussels under UK Commissioner Julian King to ensure a more holistic and coherent approach. This visit was about getting a sense of how EU thinking is developing in these important areas and there was a genuine encouragement for us to share more and an interest in understanding more about Scotland.”


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