Academic reports examine police use of pandemic powers

Members of Edinburgh Law School's Understanding Inequalities project have published two new high profile reports.

Published 16 September 2021

Police catch as many drivers on drugs as drunk

Traffic police in Scotland are catching as many drivers on drugs as those who are drunk, new figures show.

Published 13 September 2021

Public should be ‘reassured’ that COPFS deals properly with allegations against police

The publication of a review into how the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service manages criminal allegations against the police has been welcomed by the Lord Advocate.

Published 9 September 2021

Metropolitan Police could adopt gender-neutral uniform for officers

The Metropolitan Police could adopt a gender-neutral uniform for all police officers following a consultation of officers.

Published 31 August 2021

MacAskill calls for Police Scotland to end Sri Lankan training

Former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has called on Police Scotland to cease all involvement in training police in Sri Lanka following concerns about human rights abuses.

Published 30 August 2021

Police have been ‘fair and proportionate’ in policing Covid-19 crisis

Police have been "fair and proportionate" in their enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions, according to new research published by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).

Published 24 August 2021

Old stations net Police Scotland more than £28m

Old police stations number among 100 properties sold by Police Scotland that have netted the single force more than £28 million since 2013.

Published 12 July 2021

England: Hate crime against police on the rise

Hate crimes recorded against the police have risen over the past three years and comprise up to half of such charges in some areas, the Law Society Gazette reports.

Published 29 March 2021

Additional £10 million for modernising police fleet

The Scottish Police Authority will receive an additional £10 million to invest in modernisation of the police fleet.

Published 19 March 2021

Inspection into how Crown Office handles criminal complaints against police gets underway

The terms of reference for an inspection into how the Crown Office handles criminal complaints made against the police have been published.

Published 23 February 2021

Call for views on Angiolini police complaints report

The Justice Sub-Committee on Policing has issued a call for views on the report by Dame Elish Angiolini on police complaints handling.

Published 18 December 2020

Auditor General: Scottish policing remains financially unsustainable

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has improved how it operates but policing in Scotland is not financially sustainable, says the Auditor General for Scotland.

Published 11 December 2020

Undercover police and MI5 agents to be permitted to commit crimes

Undercover police and MI5 agents will be given explicit permission in law to commit criminal offences under new legislation introduced by the UK government.

Published 25 September 2020

Noted – Scottish police go digital as notebooks become a thing of the past

A device used by police to conduct checks, record details and share information has saved officers thousands of hours of time, The Courier reports.

Published 6 July 2020

Police Scotland reported to Health and Safety Executive over officers’ coronavirus risk

Police Scotland has been reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over the use of breath tests during the pandemic.

Published 19 May 2020