Justice and Safety

  • Guest blog: Susannah Drury from Missing People

    28th December 2020 by

    The festive period can be a difficult time of year for anyone with a missing relative. It is also a hard time for people who are missing or thinking of going missing. In a guest blog, Susannah Drury of Missing People, outlines the vital support that is available and highlights the impact of the coronavirus...

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  • PSYV guest blog: Helping communities through the festive season

    24th December 2020 by

    This festive season Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) in Lanarkshire have been working with local charities to provide essential food items to vulnerable people. The PSYV programme develops strong relationships between the police and young people by breaking down barriers and encouraging young people to be positive role models within their communities. Police Constable Martin...

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  • The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

    15th June 2020 by

    The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill  seeks to modernise, consolidate and extend Scotland’s existing hate crime law – ensuring it is fit for modern Scotland. Current hate crime legislation has evolved over time in a fragmented manner. By providing greater clarity, transparency and consistency the new Bill – currently before the Scottish Parliament...

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  • The year in review

    31st December 2019 by

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf reflects on some key milestones of 2019. As 2019 draws to a close I want to express my thanks to everyone working across Scotland’s justice system – many of them through the festive holiday period – whether in law enforcement, the legal profession, prisons, social work or among community safety partners...

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  • 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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  • Guest blog: Susannah Drury from Missing People

    24th December 2019 by

    As Christmas Day approaches, we welcome a guest blog from Missing People’s Director of Policy and Development Susannah Drury. Susannah joined Missing People in 2013 and leads the Policy and Research Team who help missing people and their families get the support they need from UK governments, the police and other agencies. She talks us...

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  • Scottish Government response to review of legal services regulation

    26th June 2019 by

    Minister for Community Safety Ash Denham has outlined the Scottish Government’s response to Esther Roberton’s review of legal services regulation in Scotland. Ms Denham said: “I’m grateful to Esther Roberton and her team for their work to consider what changes may be needed to the regulation of legal services in Scotland. We will also give...

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  • Justice Secretary Comments on Standards of Services for Victims and Witnesses Annual Report 2018/19

    30th April 2019 by

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

    The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service today published the Standards and Services for Victims and Witnesses Annual Report on Performance for 2018-2019 (Available to read here. Word doc, 2.4MB). Commenting on the report, Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf said: “We recognise that having to engage with the criminal justice system can be a challenging...

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  • Justice Secretary comments on firearms statistics

    23rd April 2019 by

    The Scottish Government has today published official statistics on recorded crimes and offences involving firearms for 2016-17 and 2017-18. The statistics show that in 2017-18 police in Scotland recorded 348 offences in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved, a decrease of 1% from 2016-17 (350 offences) and 13% from 2015-16 (402 offences)....

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  • Personal Licence Renewals

    18th March 2019 by

    Do you hold a Personal Licence to sell alcohol in Scotland? If  your licence was issued on or before 1 Sep 2009 you need to renew it now. The absolute deadline for renewals is 31 May 2019. If you miss this deadline and your licence expires you could lose the right to sell alcohol on...

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