England: Police force challenges rule forcing new recruits to obtain degrees

A rule mandating that police officers have degrees could remove 4,000 recruits from the front line, one force has claimed as it seeks judicial review of the policy.

Published 12 July 2019

Police Scotland ‘a leader’ after stop and search modifications

Changes to Police Scotland’s stop and search policy have made it a leader in European law enforcement, according to a University of Dundee lecturer.

Published 29 May 2019

Ministers defend use of armed officers in 5,000 routine incidents last year

The use of armed officers in more than 5,000 routine incidents last year has been defended by ministers.

Published 9 May 2019

Lib Dems challenge Justice Secretary over police buildings 'unfit for human habitation'

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have questioned Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf about a report from the Scottish Police Federation (SPF), in which the union described some buildings in the police estate as being “unfit for human habitation”.

Published 1 May 2019

Police watchdog calls for its powers to be strengthened

The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has proposed legislative amendments to strengthen the organisation’s ability to carry out its key functions: to investigate serious incidents involving the police and to review how the police handle complaints made about them.

Published 3 April 2019

Police Scotland told to ensure firearms officers understand legal basis of powers

A police watchdog has recommended that Police Scotland ensures all officers undertaking or commanding firearms operations are reminded of the legal basis for their powers, and of the need to explain and justify using such powers on an emergency basis following an incident with a man wielding a crossbow.

Published 29 March 2019

Justice Committee report highlights Police Scotland failings six years after unification

Poor financial management, unclear lines of responsibility and a failure to focus on the views of officers and staff in the early stages of reform lie at the root of many of the problems faced by Police Scotland, according to Holyrood's Justice Committee.

Published 25 March 2019

Threat of BTP merger with Police Scotland prompted officers and staff to leave

The equivalent of more than 40 per cent of officers and staff have left the British Transport Police in Scotland since the Scottish government announced its plan to merge the service into Police Scotland.

Published 25 March 2019

Police legal bill for abandoned cyber kiosks could rise further

The cost of Police Scotland's junked phone hacking kiosks is likely to rise again as the force considers taking legal action to prove it did not breach privacy laws.

Published 22 February 2019

England: Police to get more stop and search powers to tackle acid attacks

The police are to be given new powers to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying a corrosive substance in public.

Published 21 February 2019

Cannabis smokers avoid prosecution as police make greater use of warnings

It has emerged that 500 people per month caught with cannabis in Scotland are avoiding prosecution as police issue warnings instead.

Published 18 February 2019

Police Scotland abandons controversial cyber kiosk roll-out

Police Scotland has abandoned plans to roll out controversial 'cyber kiosks' which would allow them to harvest data from mobile phones.

Published 6 February 2019

Police officer numbers see slight increase in last quarter

Police officer numbers have seen a small increase in the last quarter but have decreased over the past year.

Published 5 February 2019

England: Concerns raised over introduction of lie detector tests in Domestic Abuse Bill

Domestic abuse offenders could be given mandatory lie-detector tests upon release from prison under new proposals.

Published 5 February 2019

Police failing identified in handling of call for missing man who later died

A report by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that Police Scotland failed to record a report for concern for a 25-year-old vulnerable man who went missing and was later found dead.

Published 22 January 2019