Justice and Safety

  • Guest blog: Police Scotland Youth Volunteers helping keep communities safe

    27th December 2019 by

    This festive season Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) in West Dunbartonshire have been working tirelessly to build strong, friendly relationships with their vulnerable neighbours, to help keep them safe and secure. The PSYV programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models. John from...

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  • Review of police stop and search

    13th June 2019 by

    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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  • 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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  • Appropriate Adult service consultation

    12th November 2018 by

    Responses to consultation on establishing a statutory Appropriate Adult service were overwhelmingly supportive, analysis has shown. Appropriate Adult services ensure vulnerable people with communication difficulties are supported during contact with police – for example during interviews and other police station procedures. Appropriate Adults can assist victims, witnesses, suspects and accused in police investigations who are...

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  • Justice Secretary reflects on stop and search

    12th October 2018 by

    Writing in the Scotsman this week, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf reflected on the use of stop and search and how improved guidance for police has introduced a better balance between individual rights and allowing the police to continue to address crime in all its aspects. One of the key challenges for any government minister is...

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  • Introducing Justice Digital & Strategy

    9th August 2018 by

    Justice Digital & Strategy is a recently established team within the Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government. Our mission is to drive, support and enable transformation to create a Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century. The impetus to harness digital to deliver better justice services in Scotland dates back much further though. In...

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  • Justice Secretary Briefed on Preparations for President Trump’s Visit to Scotland

    10th July 2018 by

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has today received a briefing by senior Police Scotland officers on how the service is preparing for the upcoming visit of the US President and the protests expected to take place in various locations. Mr Yousaf has urged those attending any protests this weekend, when President Trump visits Scotland, to do...

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  • Human Trafficking and Exploitation – First Annual Progress Report

    14th June 2018 by

    Mr Matheson on tackling human trafficking

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has updated Parliament on progress in tackling human trafficking and exploitation in the past 12 months. Read Mr Matheson’s full statement on the main Scottish Government website. ‘Trafficking and Exploitation: Strategy – First Annual Progress Report’ is available online. Key figures look back on the progress that has been...

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  • Reflections on police and fire reform

    4th April 2018 by

    Key figures look back on the police and fire reform journey and its positive impact on community safety in Scotland – from tackling domestic abuse and counter-terrorism to protecting vulnerable individuals. Derek Penman, former HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland “As Police Scotland reaches its fifth anniversary, there is no doubt that some areas of policing have been...

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  • Five years of Police Scotland: A thank you

    1st April 2018 by

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson reflects on a time of change for the police service. I am reminded every day in my role as Justice Secretary of the commitment and dedication of Scotland’s police officers and police staff. With crime in Scotland at a record low, and down 43% since 2006, I am confident policing in...

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