Justice and Safety

  • The week in review

    3rd June 2017 by

    Credit: Scottish Prison Service

    Tackling Trafficking On Tuesday Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson launched Scotland’s Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy, following an extensive public consultation. The strategy aims to identify victims and support them to safety and recovery, to track down perpetrators and disrupt their activity and to address the conditions that can foster human trafficking. Launching the strategy,...

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  • The week in review

    26th May 2017 by

    This week has been overshadowed by the dreadful attack in Manchester on Monday evening. The thoughts of all of us working in the Scottish Government are with the families and friends of all those killed or injured in the atrocity. FM: be vigilant but not alarmed Following that harrowing event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:...

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  • The week in review

    19th May 2017 by

    Action to tackle alcohol misuse, violence and cyber-security threats, and a welcome for visitors from the fire safety and legal professions, were on Ministers’ agenda this week: Tackling problem drinking On Monday it became an offence to give or make alcohol available to a child or young person for consumption in a public place in...

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  • The week in review

    12th May 2017 by

    British Transport Police The Scottish Parliament has approved the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill in principle after a stage one debate. When passed, the draft legislation will see the British Transport Police integrated into Police Scotland, creating a more effective, joined-up police service on Scotland’s railways. The stage one debate was opened by Transport Minister Humza...

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  • The week in review

    5th May 2017 by

    Parliamentary business has been curtailed this week with the local elections. However, various developments involving justice and community safety partners have been highlighted in recent days. Reducing reoffending, cutting crime: Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson welcomed news on Tuesday that reconviction rates for offenders in Scotland are at the lowest levels for eighteen years....

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  • Electronic Monitoring in Scotland Consultation

    5th May 2017 by

    On 2 March this year we launched our consultation on proposals for legislation to expand the use of electronic monitoring.  The consultation follows recommendations from the Electronic Monitoring Working Group which published its report in October 2016. The consultation paper describes what legislative changes might be required to take forward some proposals of the Working...

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  • The week in review

    28th April 2017 by

    Regulation of the legal profession, training individuals to identify and support women in abusive relationships, and the future of railway policing in Scotland were among the issues on Ministers’ agenda this week. Regulating the legal profession Consumer protection will be at the heart of an independent review into how legal services are regulated, Minister for...

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  • Safer Communities & Justice Brief : April 2017

    27th April 2017 by

    Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services have recently published the April 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 by...

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  • Weekly round-up – April 21

    21st April 2017 by

    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...

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  • Police mental health training

    19th April 2017 by

    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...

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