Sir Iain Livingstone, Police Scotland's chief constable, has admitted that the single force is institutionally racist and discriminatory. The revelation follows a review that revealed instances of racism, sexism, and homophobia by active officers. Reports of staff facing repercussions for flagging t
Police Scotland has been ordered to explain why it concluded that there was no crime committed in the case of a former kirk minister involved in defrauding three brothers out of £1 million. The force has been told to review its lack of action by the Police Investigations & Review Commissio
One of Scotland's central police control rooms used a fake system to manipulate response time targets – for eight years. Documents seen by the BBC show that thousands of calls to the Bilston Glen control room were allocated to a fake call sign known as DUMY.
Security forces across the world are increasingly misusing rubber and plastic bullets and other law enforcement weapons to violently suppress peaceful protests, causing horrific injuries and deaths, human rights campaigners have said. In a jointly-produced 48-page report titled My Eye Exploded, Amne
Sir Iain Livingstone is to step down as chief constable of Police Scotland in the summer. He took the role on in 2018 and has been a serving officer since 1992. Sir Iain is responsible for 23,000 officers and staff in what is the second largest police force in the UK.
An independent review of new policing technologies, chaired at Edinburgh Napier University, has suggested statutory codes of practice could be considered to provide greater clarity and safeguards around the future use of live facial recognition and certain artificial intelligence (AI) applications.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on Police Scotland to offer reassurances about the speed and robustness of its complaints process as she unveiled new figures showing only a small number of the more than 4,000 complaints made against officers last year results in management action. A freed
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have challenged Police Scotland to boost efforts to support BME staff after a freedom of information request revealed that a larger proportion of BME officers and staff left compared to those who identified as White Scottish. The party submitted a freedom of informatio
Gross misconduct proceedings against police officers should be allowed to continue after they resign from the force to promote transparency and maintain public confidence, according to a public consultation. The move, which would see proceedings continue even if an officer leaves during the course o
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have revealed that Police Scotland spent almost £5 million on settling legal claims in the 2021/2022 financial year and warned that police leadership will need to ensure that such claims are kept to a minimum. Justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP highlighted th
Tackling climate change should be a top priority for the UK government after addressing the cost-of-living crisis and NHS waiting lists, according to a new survey of nearly 6,000 adults in the UK.
The Scottish government must ensure Police Scotland has the vehicles that it needs as it emerged that a quarter of the vehicles that the service relies on have in excess of 100,000 miles on the clock. Figures acquired under freedom of information legislation show that Police Scotland have 348 vehicl
Police Scotland may lose senior officers in the coming months, it has been claimed. A retirement boom is expected at all levels of the single force, with a Scottish Police Authority (SPA) memo indicating the body is “anticipating further senior officers may retire in coming months”.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised the Scottish government for cutting police budgets after it found that Police Scotland spent more than £10 million on hire vehicles. New figures obtained by the party under a freedom of information request show that the cost of police hire vehicle
The Scottish government has been pressed over its handling of mental health services after the Scottish Police Authority warned that the provision of dedicated mental health professionals within police custody settings across Scotland was “inconsistent”. Under Action 15 of the Ment