Justice and Safety
21st April 2017 by admin
The announcement of new curbs against drug-driving, funding to tackle sectarianism and taking delivery of new fire & rescue vehicles were among the items on Ministers’ agenda this week. Mental health training This week Justice Secretary Michael Matheson saw mental health training for police officers in action in Glenrothes. The event formed part of the on-going...
19th April 2017 by admin
A few months back, Police Scotland launched their Policing 2026 consultation, aimed at ensuring our police keep pace with the changing nature of crime and of society. Alongside a commitment to increase frontline capabilities, including new civilian specialists in cyber-crime, the strategy recognises that demands in policing are increasingly focused towards addressing vulnerability. Our police...
7th April 2017 by SOCT Comms
While Parliament is in recess we have invited Karyn McCluskey to give us her thoughts following the official launch of the new national body. Sometimes when we consider the complexity of society and the tremendous challenges it offers us, it can feel overwhelming. Deprivation, homelessness, crime, disease – organisations, processes and plans can seem like...
31st March 2017 by Russell Fallis
Railway policing bill on track On Tuesday the Cabinet Secretary of Justice Michael Matheson and the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf gave evidence to the Justice Committee on the Government’s plans to integrate British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland following the devolution of legislative responsibility for railway policing to the Scottish Parliament. Outlining to...
24th March 2017 by Russell Fallis
Attack in London The week’s events have been overshadowed by the terrorist attack at Westminster. The thoughts of Scottish Government Ministers and civil servants – many with friends and colleagues working at Westminster and Whitehall – have been with those caught up in Wednesday’s incident, including relatives of those killed or injured, and the police...
17th March 2017 by Russell Fallis
Air travellers’ safety, improving access to justice and Scotland’s police forensics service were among the items on Ministers’ agenda this week. Breaking the cycle of crime On Monday the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson announced fresh investment in services to help reduce the cycle of reoffending, keeping crime down and communities safe. Apex Scotland,...
10th March 2017 by admin
Apprenticeship Week This week was Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 and ministers across government were getting involved. Michael Matheson met apprentices at Falkirk Council, while Annabelle Ewing visited Living Solutions social enterprise to hear how their trainees were helping tackle environmental and social problems. Tackling sectarianism Dr Duncan Morrow’s progress report on how Scotland was tackling...
3rd March 2017 by Russell Fallis
A look back on developments across the justice and safer communities portfolio over the week beginning Monday February 27th, 2017.
2nd March 2017 by Annabelle Ewing MSP
I was particularly pleased to meet a group of new lawyers at the Law Society of Scotland’s admission ceremony in Edinburgh this week. The event took me back around thirty years ago when I had genuine satisfaction at having finally qualified but a few nerves about the ceremony itself!
2nd March 2017 by Ian MacFarlane
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on proposals for legislation to expand the use of electronic monitoring in Scotland. The legislative changes will support the delivery of community justice. The consultation paper sets out the legislative changes which we propose to enable new uses for electronic monitoring and also introduce new technologies. In addition...