Justice and Safety
Justice Secretary praises law enforcement agencies for organised crime case
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has hailed the work of Scotland’s police and prosecutors as members of an organised crime gang received Serious Crime Prevention Orders following earlier prison sentences.
Following the sentencing on Monday this week at the High Court in Glasgow of nine men accused of being involved in serious organised crime, and the imposition of SCPOs on Tuesday and today (Friday), the Justice Secretary said:
“I am grateful to the officers and staff of Police Scotland, the Crown Office and SPA Forensic Services for their excellent work in bringing these individuals to justice. It is testament to the expertise and professionalism of our law enforcement agencies, and of course the willingness of members of the public to support them in keeping communities safe.
“This was one of the most sophisticated organised crime groups ever encountered by police and prosecutors. The reason that these men are now behind bars is that they were defeated by a highly sophisticated law enforcement response combining the expertise, partnership working and state of the art facilities of the Scottish Crime Campus. I want to commend the on-going work of the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce partners to identify, detect and prosecute those involved in serious organised crime.”
- Nine members of an organised crime gang received custodial sentences at Glasgow High Court on Monday (22 January), seven of whom were subsequently this week (Tuesday and today, Friday) made subject to Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs) that will come into force when they are finally released from prison. Consideration of applications for SCPOs for the final two has been deferred until March.
- SCPOs were introduced in Scotland in 2016 as part of the implementation of the Serious Crime Act 2015.
- These orders will impose significant and stringent restrictions on their activities, designed to prevent them returning to their criminal activities. The SCPOs imposed include restrictions on who they can associate with, travel, use of the internet and the carrying of cash. Failure to comply with an SCPO is punishable by up to five years in prison.
- Opened in 2014, the Scottish Government-funded Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh facilitates collaboration between the partners who operate from it to effectively reduce the threat, risk and harm to Scotland’s communities from serious organised crime and terrorism. The £75 million campus houses specialist teams from Police Scotland, SPA (forensics), Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, the National Crime Agency and HM Revenue and Customs, as well as staff from a range of other organisations working collectively to reduce the harm caused by serious organised crime, as outlined in Scotland’s serious organised crime strategy. You can read that strategy here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/06/3426