Justice and Safety

  • The week in review

    22nd December 2017 by

    This week’s round-up includes a Christmas message from the Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson’s visit to a police call handling centre to see first hand the service they provide,  funding that will help improve services for victims of rape and sexual assault, an interim report looking into ways to improve UK building regulations and safety, and a summary...

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  • The week in review

    15th December 2017 by

    This week’s round-up includes some of the justice elements of the Scottish Government’s 2018-19 draft Budget announcement, a service to remember missing loved-ones and an international conference on policing hosted in Scotland. Investing in Justice and safety On Wednesday Cabinet Secretary for Finance & the Constitution Derek Mackay set out the Scottish Government’s draft budget...

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  • The week in review

    8th December 2017 by

    This week’s round-up includes Ministers’ engagements on police recruitment, on media reporting of domestic abuse, and debating legislation to tackle offensive behaviour at football and threatening communications. New police recruits Justice Secretary Michael Matheson was at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan to witness 222 new officers from Police Scotland and British Transport Police Scotland passing...

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  • The week in review

    1st December 2017 by

    Michael Matheson and DCC Iain Livingstone at launch of festive Drink-Drive Zero Tolerance campaign

    This week’s round-up includes Ministers’ engagement on violence reduction, policing and accident prevention. Partnerships in preventing violence Justice Secretary Michael Matheson delivered the opening address to a violence prevention conference co-hosted by Police Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit this week. Delegates from policing, health, wider public services and the third...

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  • The week in Review

    24th November 2017 by

    Cashback for Communities Justice Secretary Michael Matheson was welcomed to Hampden this week to hear about the positive impact the CashBack for Communities programme has had on young people across Scottish football. CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme that takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities...

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  • The week in Review

    17th November 2017 by

    New Police Authority chair Susan Deacon was this week announced as the new chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board. She replaces Andrew Flanagan who announced his intention to step down in June of this year, and will be in post for four years. Ms Deacon, a former Minister and current Assistant Principal External Relations at...

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  • The week in review

    11th November 2017 by

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    This week’s round-up includes work to improve partnerships between health, law enforcement and other justice agencies, and action to strengthen cyber-security and ensure Scotland is ready to deal with all emerging threats. Pardon for gay men over historical law convictions This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement of apology to those men convicted before...

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  • The week in review

    4th November 2017 by

    Scottish Government Human Trafficking campaign

    Cross-border co-operation in fighting crime, new powers to tackle human trafficking, and the work of Scotland’s prisons are among the issues in this week’s round-up from the Justice and Safer Communities portfolio. Europol Executive Director of Europol Rob Wainwright was in Edinburgh on Tuesday and caught up with Justice Secretary Michael Matheson and Brexit Minister...

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  • The week in review

    28th October 2017 by

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    Welcome back to our weekly round-up following the return of Parliamentary business this week. Cashback in the frame Throughout this week Twitter has been awash with #cashbackselfie photos – posted by individuals and organisations right across Scotland. Scottish Government Ministers have joined young people, sports stars and community groups to highlight the work of this unique...

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  • Homicide in Scotland 2016-17

    10th October 2017 by

    Homicide in Scotland, 2016-17 - 10 year trend

    Commenting on today’s publication of Homicide in Scotland 2016-17, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “While we have seen large reductions in homicides over the past 10 years, every death represents a tragic loss of life, leaving friends and families grieving. “That is why we will maintain our efforts across justice and public services, through education...

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