Justice and Safety

  • Review of police stop and search

    13th June 2019 by

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed an independent report into the use of police stop and search powers.   The report on the Stop and Search Code of Practice, carried out by the Independent Advisory Group covers the first 12 months of the code’s operation up to 31 May 2018. Mr Yousaf said: “I am grateful to the independent advisory group, whose work has provided police, Parliament and…

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  • The week in review

    6th October 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes activity to tackle serious organised crime, a Parliamentary debate on the use of remand in Scotland, and an update on local and national preparations ahead of Bonfire Night including information and advice for those attending the November 5th celebrations to stay safe. Honouring fallen police officers Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf travelled…

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  • The week in review

    28th September 2018 by

    This week’s round up includes the launch of a new marketing campaign against hate crime, the latest action to tackle gender-based violence in universities and colleges, new recorded crime stats and more. Standing up to hate crime Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell met victims of hate crime at the Writer’s Museum…

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  • Justice Secretary comments on Police Chiefs’ Brexit update

    18th September 2018 by

    Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf has responded to an announcement by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) of plans to establish a safety net if access to EU security tools is lost. In a statement issued today (Tuesday September 18th, 2018) the NPCC said a new national unit will assist police forces to use…

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  • The week in review

    2nd June 2018 by

    This week’s round-up blog includes evidence on the long-term impacts of adverse childhood events, an announcement of new investment to expand the ‘Navigators’ emergency-room violence prevention project, and the publication of a major independent review of Scotland’s hate crime laws. Injured officers The thoughts of Ministers, and all of us in the Safer Communities and…

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  • The week in review

    25th May 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes news of greater public awareness of human trafficking in Scotland, the latest independent assurance on police call-handling improvements, and the appointment of a new independent inspector for the country’s prisons. Growing public awareness of human trafficking A survey published this week highlighted growing public awareness of human trafficking in Scotland with…

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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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  • The week in review

    2nd March 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes new statistics on human trafficking, new regulations of civil courts system and an independent review into legal aid system. Firstly though, on behalf of the public, the Justice and Safer Communities directorates would like to extend our thanks to all those across the Justice sector who have worked so hard during this week’s extreme…

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  • 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

    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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