Justice and Safety

  • Message from the Justice Secretary to police and fire staff

    30th December 2017 by

    In my time as Justice Secretary, I have been continually struck by the sheer professionalism and dedication of Scotland’s firefighters, police officers and the staff that work with them. There is no doubt that 2017 has been a challenging year. There have been changes in leadership, with Susan Deacon starting in her new role as...

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  • 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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  • Christmas message from Justice Secretary to staff across the Scottish justice system

    19th December 2017 by

    This time of year often makes us think about spending time with families as we enjoy a few well-earned days off.  Let’s spare a thought for those who don’t always have Christmas morning with their kids or grandchildren; who won’t be sitting down to a turkey with loved ones on the 25th. The Scottish Prison...

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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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  • Justice Secretary comments on 2018-19 draft Budget

    14th December 2017 by

    Commenting on the Scottish Government draft budget for 2018-19, Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson said: “In the summer I set out a clear vision, agreed by the heads of Scotland’s justice agencies, to ensure that all of our communities benefit from a safe, just and resilient Scotland. “The 2017-18 Programme for Government outlined our...

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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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  • Matheson responds to HMCIS retiral plans

    14th November 2017 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has responded to the announcement by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland Derek Penman that he is to retire next year. Mr Penman, who was first appointed to the post on 31 January 2014 , has given notice to the Scottish Government of his intention to retire...

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