Russell Fallis

Russell Fallis

Written 36 posts

Communications Manager, Justice & Safer Communities, Scottish Government.

Justice Secretary comments on homicide figures

29th October 2019

  Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has responded to the publication of the latest official figures showing there were 60 cases of homicide in 2018-19 – the third lowest level since 1976. Mr Yousaf said: “While the number of homicides in Scotland is significantly lower than a decade ago – in line with the overall fall…

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Review of police stop and search

13th June 2019

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed an independent report into the use of police stop and search powers.   The report on the Stop and Search Code of Practice, carried out by the Independent Advisory Group covers the first 12 months of the code’s operation up to 31 May 2018. Mr Yousaf said: “I am grateful to the independent advisory group, whose work has provided police, Parliament and…

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Cabinet Secretary responds to Police Scotland announcement on Brexit contingency planning

6th February 2019

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has responded to the announcement by Police Scotland of plans to put 360 officers on standby to deal with any incidents relating to the potential impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The Cabinet Secretary said: “Decisions around officer deployment, contingency planning and mutual aid are operational…

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Justice Secretary pays tribute to Scotland’s Jewish communities

28th October 2018

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has paid tribute to the contribution of Scotland’s Jewish communities to the life of the nation. On Sunday October 28th Mr Yousaf addressed Scotland’s Jewish Gathering in Edinburgh, where Jewish people from across the country were coming together through the weekend to hear speeches and take part in discussions…

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The week in review

27th October 2018

This week saw a committment from the Scottish Government to establish a financial redress scheme for in-care abuse survivors, plans to strengthen the home detention curfew system and the launch of a new play highlighting to young people the dangers of knife crime. Justice Committee consider justice budgets Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf was…

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The week in review

6th October 2018

This week’s round-up includes activity to tackle serious organised crime, a Parliamentary debate on the use of remand in Scotland, and an update on local and national preparations ahead of Bonfire Night including information and advice for those attending the November 5th celebrations to stay safe. Honouring fallen police officers Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf travelled…

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Justice Secretary comments on Police Chiefs’ Brexit update

18th September 2018

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has responded to an announcement by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) of plans to establish a safety net if access to EU security tools is lost. In a statement issued today (Tuesday September 18th, 2018) the NPCC said a new national unit will assist police forces to use…

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The week in review

15th September 2018

This week’s round-up includes the development of a comprehensive support service for families of homicide victims, the fifth annual performance review of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, and a Parliamentary reception celebrating the contribution of Police Scotland Youth Volunteers to communities the length and breadth of Scotland. MSPs explore Brexit impact on policing and…

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The week in review

8th September 2018

Our weekly round-up is back with the return of the Scottish Parliament following the summer recess. Victims at the heart of justice reforms The highlight of the week has been the launch, by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, of the Programme for Government for the new 2018-19 Parliamentary year. As in previous years there was a…

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The week in review

9th June 2018

The week’s round-up includes new research into local experiences and wider public perceptions of serious organised crime, an independent review into the impact of policing the 1980s miners’ strike on communities, and Parliament’s unanimous approval for legislation delivering an automatic pardon for historical convictions for homosexuality. (Thanks to Anna Davidson who visited the Justice comms desk this week, for assisting with…

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