Russell Fallis

Russell Fallis

Written 36 posts

Communications Manager, Justice & Safer Communities, Scottish Government.

The week in review

2nd June 2018

This week’s round-up blog includes evidence on the long-term impacts of adverse childhood events, an announcement of new investment to expand the ‘Navigators’ emergency-room violence prevention project, and the publication of a major independent review of Scotland’s hate crime laws. Injured officers The thoughts of Ministers, and all of us in the Safer Communities and…

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The week in review

25th May 2018

This week’s round-up includes news of greater public awareness of human trafficking in Scotland, the latest independent assurance on police call-handling improvements, and the appointment of a new independent inspector for the country’s prisons. Growing public awareness of human trafficking A survey published this week highlighted growing public awareness of human trafficking in Scotland with…

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The week in review

18th May 2018

Ministers have had another busy week dealing with and meeting with key partners across a range of justice system and public safety issues – from launching a consultation on a major review of family law, to seeing first-hand an innovative scheme to help steer young people away from the risk of being drawn into serious…

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Further action to tackle sectarianism

24th March 2018

Nine projects will receive £515,000 for anti-sectarianism work – building on the unprecedented investment in this area by the Scottish Government in recent years. The new funding will help reduce and prevent sectarianism in communities by delivering education in schools and workplaces. The new initiatives build on previous Scottish Government investment – which to date…

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The week in review

23rd March 2018

This week’s round-up includes the announcement of Scotland’s new HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, planned reforms to the oversight of police use of biometric data, and a report into the prevalence of cyber crime in Scotland. New Code for police use of biometric data Plans for a new code of practice governing police handling of…

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Local projects gain almost 6 million hours ‘payback’ from community sentences

6th February 2018

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has responded to the publication (Tuesday, 6th February 2018) of National Statistics for Criminal Justice Social Work in 2016-17, which includes figures for community sentences.   The official figures show that around 1.2 million hours of unpaid work were completed through Community Payback Orders in 2016-17 – bringing the…

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Justice Secretary praises law enforcement agencies for organised crime case

26th January 2018

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…

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Justice Secretary comments on 2018-19 draft Budget

14th December 2017

Commenting on the Scottish Government draft budget for 2018-19, Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson said: “In the summer I set out a clear vision, agreed by the heads of Scotland’s justice agencies, to ensure that all of our communities benefit from a safe, just and resilient Scotland. “The 2017-18 Programme for Government outlined our…

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The week in review

1st December 2017

This week’s round-up includes Ministers’ engagement on violence reduction, policing and accident prevention. Partnerships in preventing violence Justice Secretary Michael Matheson delivered the opening address to a violence prevention conference co-hosted by Police Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit this week. Delegates from policing, health, wider public services and the third…

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Matheson responds to HMCIS retiral plans

14th November 2017

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has responded to the announcement by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland Derek Penman that he is to retire next year. Mr Penman, who was first appointed to the post on 31 January 2014 , has given notice to the Scottish Government of his intention to retire…

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