Justice and Safety

  • 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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  • Safer Communities & Justice Brief : March 2018

    22nd March 2018 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the March edition of the Monthly Safer Communities and Justice Brief. This brief provides, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics. The brief includes a special feature on its back page, drawing from recent research undertaken...

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  • Safer Communities & Justice Brief : February 2018

    5th March 2018 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the February edition of the Monthly Safer Communities and Justice Brief. This brief provides, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics. The brief includes a special feature on its back page, drawing from recent research undertaken...

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  • Justice Secretary praises law enforcement agencies for organised crime case

    26th January 2018 by

    Scottish Crime Campus Gartcosh

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has hailed the work of Scotland’s police and prosecutors as members of an organised crime gang received Serious Crime Prevention Orders following earlier prison sentences. Following the sentencing on Monday this week at the High Court in Glasgow of nine men accused of being involved in serious organised crime, and...

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  • Restorative Justice is the way forward

    13th October 2017 by

    Guest blog by Tom Halpin, Chief Executive of Sacro  Sacro has been providing services based on restorative practices in Scotland for over 30 years. Over time we have seen the practice evolve to the fully-developed and highly-regarded restorative justice services we see today. For people harmed by crime, the practice can bring long-term healing by allowing them...

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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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  • Safer Communities & Justice Brief : September 2017

    29th September 2017 by

      Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the September edition of the Monthly Safer Communities and Justice Brief. This brief provides, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of all the most important Justice and Safer Communities statistics. The brief includes a special feature on its back page, drawing from recent research...

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  • The week in review

    23rd September 2017 by

    Ministers have had another busy week dealing with and meeting with key partners across a range of justice system and public safety issues – from visiting a pioneering student-led mentoring scheme to passing new laws to reform third-party rights under contract law. New chapter for the ‘unseen frontline’ On Tuesday Minister for Community Safety & Legal...

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  • The week in review

    15th September 2017 by

    Creative Scotland

    On ministers’ agenda this week have been the investment of ill-gotten gains into creative projects and new opportunities for young people, a new facility to promote fire and home safety, leadership in policing, and the latest on the Scottish Government’s progressive penal reforms to tackle offending and safeguard communities. Reforms to keep crime down and communities safe...

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