Justice and Safety

  • The week in review

    23rd March 2018 by

    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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  • The week in review

    16th March 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes new legislation to increase Scotland’s age of criminal responsibility, a visit to a project benefiting from CashBack for Communities funding and the publication of survey results examining young people’s views about Mosquito ‘anti-loitering’ devices. Bill to raise age of criminal responsibility The age of criminal responsibility is set to rise from eight to...

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  • The week in review

    9th March 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes news on modernising Scottish justice – the first purpose-built Justice Centre in Inverness, a  turf cutting ceremony led by the Community Safety Minister, news from an ACEs awareness event led by Police Scotland and a big thank you from the Justice Secretary to Scotland’s mountain rescue teams, who have worked so hard during the recent...

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  • The week in review

    2nd March 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes new statistics on human trafficking, new regulations of civil courts system and an independent review into legal aid system. Firstly though, on behalf of the public, the Justice and Safer Communities directorates would like to extend our thanks to all those across the Justice sector who have worked so hard during this week’s extreme...

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  • The week in review

    23rd February 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes new measures to improve the management of offenders, the launch of Scottish Legal International, and two Ministers’ visit to Polmont to launch Year of  Young People within the prison service. Management of Offenders Bill New electronic monitoring technologies which can better protect victims of crime form part of the Management of Offenders Bill...

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  • The week in review

    9th February 2018 by

    This week’s round up includes discussions at Scotland’s Serious Organised Crime Taskforce about law enforcement efforts to tackle human trafficking, new figures on Community Payback Orders, and the publication of an independent review of undercover policing in Scotland. Undercover policing An independent review of undercover policing in Scotland, published on Wednesday provided reassurance to the public...

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  • The week in review

    2nd February 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes Justice Secretary Michael Matheson visiting Women’s Aid HQ to announce funding ahead of the passage of the Domestic Abuse Bill, and Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing speaking at the launch of the Scotland Drowning Prevention Strategy. Justice for domestic abuse survivors This week the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill was passed by...

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  • The week in review

    26th January 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson’s visit to Craigroyston Community High School to see the impact a Cashback for Communities funded training session is having on the young people involved, the launch of Police Scotland’s national fraud awareness campaign #TakeFiveWeek, and the commencement of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act. Cashback for Communities funding On...

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  • The week in review

    20th January 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes Justice Secretary Michael Matheson’s visit to HM Prison Edinburgh, Police Scotland figures for reports of domestic abuse over the festive period and Community Safety & Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing’s visit to Coatbridge Fire Station to hear views about service transformation plans from frontline crews. No let-up in tackling domestic abuse On Monday Police Scotland reported that...

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  • Last month in review

    12th January 2018 by

    Welcome back to the first blog post of the year. This week’s blog reflects on some highlights from the festive period. Tackling domestic abuse Late last year saw the announcement that around 14,000 Police Scotland officers and staff will receive further training to assess instances of psychological abuse and coercive control in domestic abuse cases....

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