Justice and Safety

  • A thank you to justice staff from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice

    24th December 2018 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has thanked staff across the Justice System for their efforts year-round and throughout the festive period

    Many of us will be taking time off from work over the festive period. Spending it with our families, sharing gifts and stories and enjoying all that the season has to offer. However the holiday period does not mean a break for everyone. The festive period can be a particularly busy time for Scotland’s police...

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  • Christmas – A time for giving… and paying back

    21st December 2018 by

    For the past ten years East Dunbartonshire Council’s unpaid work team have been involved in a project where more than 700 of the community’s most disadvantaged families receive donations of presents in the run up to Christmas. The scheme was set up to help families who often struggle to buy gifts for Christmas. The inclusion...

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  • The week in review

    10th June 2017 by

    Scottish Crime Campus Gartcosh

    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...

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  • The week in review

    12th May 2017 by

    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...

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  • Weekly round-up – April 21

    21st April 2017 by

    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...

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  • Guest blog – Karyn McCluskey – Community Justice Scotland Chief Executive

    7th April 2017 by

    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...

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  • Supporting anti-sectarian education

    23rd February 2017 by

    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...

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  • The week in review

    10th February 2017 by

     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...

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  • The week in review

    3rd February 2017 by

    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...

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  • The week in review

    20th January 2017 by

    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...

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