Justice and Safety

  • 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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  • The week in review

    11th November 2017 by

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    This week’s round-up includes work to improve partnerships between health, law enforcement and other justice agencies, and action to strengthen cyber-security and ensure Scotland is ready to deal with all emerging threats. Pardon for gay men over historical law convictions This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement of apology to those men convicted before...

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  • The week in review

    4th November 2017 by

    Scottish Government Human Trafficking campaign

    Cross-border co-operation in fighting crime, new powers to tackle human trafficking, and the work of Scotland’s prisons are among the issues in this week’s round-up from the Justice and Safer Communities portfolio. Europol Executive Director of Europol Rob Wainwright was in Edinburgh on Tuesday and caught up with Justice Secretary Michael Matheson and Brexit Minister...

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  • The week in review

    28th October 2017 by

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    Welcome back to our weekly round-up following the return of Parliamentary business this week. Cashback in the frame Throughout this week Twitter has been awash with #cashbackselfie photos – posted by individuals and organisations right across Scotland.  Scottish Government Ministers have joined young people, sports stars and community groups to highlight the work of this unique...

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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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