Justice and Safety

  • National Missing Person Framework for Scotland: An Update

    29th May 2018 by

    People who go missing often do so because they lack that sense of belonging and have lost the trust in society that most of us take for granted. In any given year, well over 20,000 missing person investigations are conducted in Scotland. Many of these relate to vulnerable individuals who may be at risk of...

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  • Marking five years of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

    1st April 2018 by

    Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing looks back on the first five years of the single service.   Today marks the fifth anniversary of Scotland’s fire reforms and the creation of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS). It is fair to say that the merger of eight regional bodies into one national service was not...

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  • Response to Justice Committee report on Bill to repeal OBFTC Act

    18th January 2018 by

    Minister for Community Safety Annabelle Ewing has responded to the stage 1 report on report on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill. She said:“The vast majority of football supporters are well-behaved and the Act is a clear statement that no section of society is exempt from standards and behaviours that...

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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

    3rd June 2017 by

    Credit: Scottish Prison Service

    Tackling Trafficking On Tuesday Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson launched Scotland’s Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy, following an extensive public consultation. The strategy aims to identify victims and support them to safety and recovery, to track down perpetrators and disrupt their activity and to address the conditions that can foster human trafficking. Launching the strategy,...

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  • The week in review

    26th May 2017 by

    This week has been overshadowed by the dreadful attack in Manchester on Monday evening. The thoughts of all of us working in the Scottish Government are with the families and friends of all those killed or injured in the atrocity. FM: be vigilant but not alarmed Following that harrowing event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:...

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  • Police mental health training

    19th April 2017 by

    A few months back, Police Scotland launched their Policing 2026 consultation, aimed at ensuring our police keep pace with the changing nature of crime and of society. Alongside a commitment to increase frontline capabilities, including new civilian specialists in cyber-crime, the strategy recognises that demands in policing are increasingly focused towards addressing vulnerability. Our police...

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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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  • The week in review

    31st March 2017 by

    Railway policing bill on track On Tuesday the Cabinet Secretary of Justice Michael Matheson and the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf gave evidence to the Justice Committee on the Government’s plans to integrate British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland following the devolution of legislative responsibility for railway policing to the Scottish Parliament. Outlining to...

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