Justice and Safety

  • The week in review

    11th May 2018 by

    Welcome to our week in review. This week, young people are front-and-centre of the news, inspiring peers and taking on new challenges thanks to Cashback for Communities. No knives better lives – a visit to Braeview Academy in Dundee Youth volunteers from Police Scotland met with S1 and S2 pupils and the Justice Secretary at...

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  • The week in review

    4th May 2018 by

    Welcome to this week’s round-up. Another busy seven days included a historic day for accessing civil justice, new fire appliances launched in the North East and an update on police numbers. Wider access to civil justice Civil justice will be more affordable, predictable and accessible following the unanimous passing of the Civil Litigation (Expenses and...

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  • The week in review

    27th April 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes the launch of new guidance to tackle gender-based violence on campus, CashBack funding for creative and cultural projects, launch of the consultation on Scotland’s disclosure regime, water safety awareness and a new family centre at HMP Shotts. Tackling sexual violence and harassment on campus Fiona Drouet says "This is Emily's legacy…institutions...

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  • The week in review

    20th April 2018 by

    Welcome back to our week in review – we hope you enjoyed Easter. This week, Ministers announced plans to extend an innovative community sentence project tackling domestic abuse, greater support for victims of crime, including families of murder victims, and support for an innovative outdoor learning residential and urban community-based project. We also saw a...

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  • 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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  • Marking five years of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

    1st April 2018 by

    Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing looks back on the first five years of the single service. Today marks the fifth anniversary of Scotland’s fire reforms and the creation of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS). It is fair to say that the merger of eight regional bodies into one national service was not a...

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  • The week in review

    30th March 2018 by

    This week marks the fifth anniversary of the creation of Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. With the anniversary itself on Sunday (April 1), look out for plenty of activity on Twitter and Facebook as well as police and fire partners as we mark five years of improvement. The anniversary hasn’t been...

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  • Further action to tackle sectarianism

    24th March 2018 by

    Nine projects will receive £515,000 for anti-sectarianism work – building on the unprecedented investment in this area by the Scottish Government in recent years. The new funding will help reduce and prevent sectarianism in communities by delivering education in schools and workplaces. The new initiatives build on previous Scottish Government investment – which to date...

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  • The week in review

    23rd March 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes the announcement of Scotland’s new HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, planned reforms to the oversight of police use of biometric data, and a report into the prevalence of cyber crime in Scotland. New Code for police use of biometric data Plans for a new code of practice governing police handling of...

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