Justice and Safety
10th June 2017 by Russell Fallis
Among the key issues for our ministers this week were the country’s response to the terror atrocity in London, the on-going work of Scotland’s law enforcement agencies and partners to tackle the harm caused to communities by illegal drugs, and supporting Child Safety Week to help families keep their kids safe from accidents. London Terror...
12th May 2017 by Stuart Lewis
British Transport Police The Scottish Parliament has approved the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill in principle after a stage one debate. When passed, the draft legislation will see the British Transport Police integrated into Police Scotland, creating a more effective, joined-up police service on Scotland’s railways. The stage one debate was opened by Transport Minister Humza...
21st April 2017 by Stuart Lewis
The announcement of new curbs against drug-driving, funding to tackle sectarianism and taking delivery of new fire & rescue vehicles were among the items on Ministers’ agenda this week. Mental health training This week Justice Secretary Michael Matheson saw mental health training for police officers in action in Glenrothes. The event formed part of the on-going...
7th April 2017 by SOCT Comms
While Parliament is in recess we have invited Karyn McCluskey to give us her thoughts following the official launch of the new national body. Sometimes when we consider the complexity of society and the tremendous challenges it offers us, it can feel overwhelming. Deprivation, homelessness, crime, disease – organisations, processes and plans can seem like...
23rd February 2017 by SOCT Comms
We all deserve a sectarian-free Scotland – a modern nation that isn’t weighed down by the prejudices of the past. Sectarian comments can be deeply upsetting to those on the end of them and occasionally actions escalate in behaviour which is wholly unacceptable. The Scottish Government is continuing to address the issue with the help...
10th February 2017 by tomwhittles
look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio. Paying back to society The Justice Secretary opened a newly refurbished Restorative Justice centre in Bellshill on Thursday, hearing first-hand how being given Community Payback Orders (CPOs) has helped people get their lives back on track – while carrying out unpaid work that benefits...
3rd February 2017 by tomwhittles
A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio. Review of legal aid underway An independent review of legal aid was announced by Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing on Wednesday, focused on ensuring it meets the changing needs of Scotland’s justice system – and contributes to improving people’s lives. The legal aid...
20th January 2017 by tomwhittles
A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio Back on the ‘Street and Arrow’ – giving people a second chance Justice Secretary Michael Matheson visited a pioneering project in Glasgow on Thursday, which gives people with convictions and often a violent past the chance to turn their lives around and gain...
4th February 2016 by Gillian Russell
I attended my first Community Networking Breakfast in Possilpark run by NG Homes. These networking events take place monthly and are a fantastic opportunity for people who work and live in the community to come together to share information about the excellent work taking place locally to strengthen the community.
27th October 2015 by admin
Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the October edition of the Monthly Safer Communities and Justice Brief.