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  1. Hi Everyone, I have recently joined the police community after finally applying to join Police Scotland. I applied in mid July after always considering this to be my long-term goal however I feel that the role requires a degree of maturity and life experience and it is for this reason that I waited until now to apply. I am nervous and excited that I have taken the leap and look forward to what's ahead. If anyone has any advice for 1st timers it would be much appreciated. Thanks
  2. Police Scotland Application

    Hi everyone, If anyone has been or is currently going through the Police Scotland recruitment process especially through West Command could they give me a bit of help. I sent my application back in April and got my confirmation of receipt on April 28th and it was a long wait until the 2nd of August when I was told I had passed the paper sift. They said it may take some time to provide me with a further update however I was wondering do you get invited to the initial fitness test within a few weeks from that email or do you still have to wait another few months? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Also I'm not sure what tags are or how they work so I just stuck Police Scotland in.
  3. It was a couple of weeks ago, I was working, where I work there is a car park behind the row of shops. I received a phone call from my mum to say that some #### drunk driver has hit my car, since 2 police officers went to my house which i live with my folks, just informing her what has happened. I got an incident number if I wish to go through insurance but Im not since it will affect my insurance for next year, and its only a scuff on the front bumper, but I was curious as to see what happens to this drunks case, ie does it go to a sheriff court? I know he will get banned hopefully but would I need to go if i got a letter or whatever to attend the case. do I get anything out of this i.e some cases they get a victims compensation (id doubt it). Many thanks
  4. Pre Applicat

    Hi there. Im due to submit my application in Aug when I'm 17 & 1/2 but there is one thing bothering me. Between the age of 14-15 I was sexually abused. At age 15 I reported to the police and the criminal is now 1 year into a 6 year prison sentence and on sex offenders for life Could my application be deterred on this basis ? Thanks
  5. A rather bizarre case, his intentions seemed to be good but ultimately led to the death of a completely innocent man.
  6. Afternoon all Many of us are aware that applying to two police forces to be an officer is mostly a no-no - for the most part it appears that you can't apply to two forces that use the SEARCH assessment, but sometimes (depending on the force policy) you can apply for, say, BTP and a HO force simultaneously due to their differing assessments. To take this a step further, does anyone know if you're allowed to apply for Police Scotland and a HO force from England? I say this because Police Scotland don't use the SEARCH assessment. I will followup with an email to HR but just wondered if anyone knew off-hand. Thanks a lot
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36841810 The rumour mill was in overdrive last night as some neighbouring flats opposite were adamant they had seen a cop fall from the 12th floor. Thankfully it was confirmed as untrue.
  8. The opinion of the court was also published (see here).
  9. I'm glad this has been put on the back burner for now, the Scottish Government didn't seem to have any clear plans for what to do after abolishing the requirement for corroboration and turning the Scottish legal system on its head. I'm sure we will see this proposal brought up again and I'm a bit disappointed a number of other provisions that are going to effectively make our legal system much more like that down south are going to be included.
  10. Police Scotland & VAT

    Did you know, since Police Scotland was formed it has had to pay VAT every year to the UK Government? But, the eight forces prior to its formation did not? Crazy!! Sign this petition asking the House of Commons to debate the issue, with a view to having Police Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service VAT exempt. It's only fair Scottish Police are on a equal footing with England & Wales forces and the PSNI. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/111421
  11. A male pupil has died after a stabbing at an Aberdeen school. Police Scotland said another male had been detained after the emergency services were called to Cults Academy at about 13:30. Aberdeen City Council earlier said it was aware of what it described as a serious incident. A spokesman added: "Due to the nature of this incident we will not be issuing further comment." Affluent suburb Police Scotland said: "One male pupil has been taken by ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries. "A further male has been detained and is currently assisting officers with their enquiries. "Inquiries into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing and officers will remain at the scene for the time being. Next of kin are aware. "No other details are available at this time." Police Scotland later said he had died. Cults is regarded as one of Aberdeen's more affluent suburbs. BBC: Full story
  12. Given the anger this caused amongst the legal profession when first suggested in 2008 I'm surprised this one has managed to sneak in below the radar in Scotland.
  13. Sheku Bayoh custody death officer 'hates black people'By Mark DalyBBC Scotland Investigations Correspondent46 minutes ago From the sectionScotlandImage captionPC Alan Paton was one of the first officers to be called to an incident which led to Sheku Bayoh's death in MayOne of the principal police officers involved in the restraint of a black man who died in custody has a history of violence and racism, it has been alleged. Sheku Bayoh, originally from Sierra Leone, died after being arrested and restrained in Kirkcaldy in May. The BBC has decided to name one of the officers involved, PC Alan Paton. He is said to have attacked his parents and admitted to hating black people. He has not responded to the claims. Members of his own family have also claimed that PC Paton has openly admitted that he hates black people. Bruised and batteredMr Bayoh's family have now called on Police Scotland to explain why an officer with an apparent history of violence was allowed to be on independent patrol. The BBC has obtained statements alleging that PC Paton, 41, carried out a sustained attack on his own parents at their home in 2005, while he was on duty. The attack was said to have left his mother, Ann Paton, now 61, unconscious, and his father, John Paton, 65, severely bruised and battered. Police officers from the then Fife Constabulary were called to the incident, but the BBC understands PC Paton's parents elected not to press charges, after being assured by senior officers the matter would be dealt with internally. Image captionPC Paton is alleged to have carried out a violent attack on his own parentsImage captionBarry Swan said he wanted Mr Bayoh's family to know about the allegations surrounding his brother in law's historyBarry Swan, 43, who is PC Paton's brother in law, told the BBC he had witnessed the aftermath of the alleged attack, and wanted to let the Bayoh family know about the police officer's past. Mr Swan, who is married to PC Paton's sister, said: "What kind of person can actually do that to their own parents? Alan is a big boy, he towered over his mum and dad. "A frail old man who'd basically been put through something he should never have been put through, he was literally black down one side. You knew instantly it wasn't one hit, he'd been kicked, he'd been stamped on. He'd had a major kicking." Mr Swan also alleged that the officer had admitted to being racist in the weeks since Mr Bayoh's death. He said: "He out and out admitted that he was a racist, that he hates them, as he puts it - all the blacks. It's not right he's a police officer." Image captionMs Bayoh's partner, Collette Bell, has questioned why someone with PC Paton's apparent history was allowed to patrol as police officerCollette Bell, Mr Bayoh's partner and the mother of his eight-month-old son Isaac, said: "They're supposed to be trained in restraint. They should have the knowledge and ability to deal with those people appropriately without having to beat them to a pulp. "There are ways and means to restrain somebody without killing them. There's no doubt about it, if Shek had not come into contact with the police he would still be here, and that hurts a lot. "If somebody could beat up their own mum and dad why are they then left with the badge, why are they still allowed to patrol the streets? "If they are that violent that they would hit out at their parents, what hope does any normal citizen have to go up against him?" The Bayoh family lawyer, Aamer Anwar said: "I think the public have a right to expect that those who engage in violence and those who engage in racism should not be able to walk our streets as police officers. They must be held to account." The death of Mr Bayoh is being investigated by the police watchdog, the Police Investigation and Review Commissioner (Pirc). But Mr Bayoh's family has questioned whether it has the courage, powers or resources to properly hold Police Scotland to account. How did Sheku Bayoh die? Image copyrightCarol DuncanImage captionThe post-mortem examination of Mr Bayoh revealed a series of injuries over his body, face and head, including a deep gash across his foreheadPolice had received a call on 3 May of this year about a man behaving erratically and brandishing a knife in Kirkcaldy. The BBC understands that Mr Bayoh, who was a trainee gas engineer, had taken the drug ecstasy. CCTV evidence seen by the family shows Mr Bayoh approaching the police at about 07:20. The BBC understands the pictures show that he did not have a knife. At least two officers, including PC Paton, who until now has only been known as officer A, said that they believed they could be facing a terrorist incident. At least four and up to six officers, including PC Paton, were immediately involved in the encounter. CS spray and police batons were used and within about 30 seconds, Mr Bayoh was brought to the ground, face down. Handcuffs and leg restraints were applied. PC Paton and a colleague known as officer B, who were two of the first on the scene, were understood to have a combined weight of about 43 stones. Eyewitness reports suggested that officers were kneeling and lying on Mr Bayoh in order to restrain him. Pronounced deadLess than five minutes after the encounter began, Mr Bayoh was noticed to be unconscious and one officer radioed for an ambulance. A further five minutes later, the ambulance still had not arrived, and an officer reported to base that Mr Bayoh was no longer breathing. CPR was attempted by the officers, but Mr Bayoh arrived by ambulance at the town's Victoria Hospital, where his sister works, unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 09:04. A post-mortem examination revealed a series of injuries over his body, face and head, including a deep gash across his forehead. Tiny blood spots, or petechial haemorrhages were discovered in his eyes - a sign of potential asphyxia. The post mortem examination declared he had died after taking the drug MDMA, while being restrained. But a report by a renowned pathologist engaged by the Bayoh family is expected to say the cause of death was positional asphyxia - effectively being suffocated as a result of the position his body was in. Positional asphyxia is a common cause of death in police custody where restraint is involved. This latest development in the Bayoh case comes just weeks after the resignation of Chief Constable Stephen House, who was criticised for visiting the officers involved in the restraint, including Alan Paton, before he met the Bayoh family. His resignation came after a series of damaging incidents for Police Scotland. Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson said: "It would be inappropriate to comment as there is an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sheku Bayoh's death which is currently being carried out by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and they have submitted an interim report to the Crown Office. "Police Scotland remains committed to co-operating fully with the Pirc's inquiries. I would like to again offer my condolences to Sheku's family and we await the conclusion of the investigation." Image captionMs Bell and other members of Mr Bayoh's family have questioned whether the police watchdog is capable of holding Police Scotland to account over his deathPirc's ability to investigate independently has come under criticism after it emerged last month, in the Sunday Herald newspaper, that nearly three quarters of its senior investigators are ex-police officers. The IPPC, the body which investigates police complaints in England and Wales came under similar criticism several years ago, and in 2013, the Home affairs select committee recommended that a maximum of 20% of IPCC staff should be made up of former police. A Pirc spokeswoman said it was "exceptionally independent" from the police, and said "all relevant lines of enquiry were being pursued." Mr Anwar has also alleged there had been a smear campaign against Mr Bayoh in the days after his death. He said: "The attempt to criminalise Sheku Bayoh in his death - the dead can't answer back but his family have answered for him. "He wasn't 6ft plus, he was 5ft 10in. He wasn't super-sized, he was 12 stone 10 pounds. He wasn't brandishing a knife at a police officer. He didn't stab a police officer. In fact he wasn't carrying a knife when the police officers attended. "He didn't attempt to stab anyone, and he wasn't found with a knife on him. Those are the actual facts."
  14. A Woman is facing jail for repeatedly groping a uniformed police officer while he was on duty. Full Story - Daily Record
  15. A third of Police Scotland staff 'plan to leave'1 hour ago From the sectionScotlandA third of Police Scotland's workforce intends to leave the organisation within the next three years, according to a survey of the force's staff. The survey also suggested that only a quarter of police officers felt they had the resources needed to do their job properly. And fewer than one in 10 staff members thought the force was genuinely interested in their wellbeing. About half of the force's 24,000 staff took part in the survey. That figure included 8,500 police officers - again about half of the total number. It was the first joint organisation-wide survey carried out Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). The staff survey also found: 40% of respondents stated that they were able to achieve a good work/life balance24% thought that the health and safety of the workforce was given a high priority15% felt valued and recognised for the work they do78% trusted their line manager, with 72% saying their line manager supported them if they had a problem83% said they were treated with respect by their colleagues at workWhile the majority of respondents understood the need for change, 46% supported the need for it.21% believed that the actions of senior management in SPA/Police Scotland were consistent with the SPA/Police Scotland valuesThe responses of police officers in many categories were less positive than those of civilian staff. The most common factors raised by the 33% of those who said they intended to leave the force included not feeling valued, a lack of resources, a lack of genuine commitment to wellbeing, health and safety, the pressures of their job and the ability to achieve a work/life balance. When asked what factors were adversely affecting their commitment to the organisation, 49% of the respondents who answered suggested that it was changes to their pension which had made them consider leaving. 'Issues of concern'Police Scotland has been at the centre of controversy since the country's eight regional forces were amalgamated into the new single force in April 2013. Its chief constable, Sir Stephen House, announced in August that he is to stand down in December - nine months earlier than had been planned. It followed criticism of the force over the three days it took officers to respond to afatal crash on the M9, as well as controversy over armed officers being put on routine patrol, its policies on stopping and searching juveniles, and the death of Sheku Bayoh in police custody. There have also been reports that Police Scotland was one of two unnamed UK forces accused by a watchdog of spying on journalists and their sources. Responding to the survey, SPA chairman Andrew Flanagan said: "The results speak for themselves and we will not seek to rationalise them away. "There are a number of very positive findings within the survey that provide reassurance and which we must build upon. There are also issues of concern and areas for improvement. "The clear priority areas are the commitment of officers and staff to stay with the organisation, health and wellbeing, and communications. It is on those priority areas that the SPA expects a strong management response, and on which SPA will use its influence and oversight." Image copyrightPAImage captionSir Stephen House announced in August that he will be leaving his post in DecemberHe said all of those shortlisted to replace Sir Stephen as chief constable would be "challenged on how they would personally address the central issues within today's report". Mr Flanagan added: "A detailed response plan will now be drawn together by Police Scotland, informed by further engagement with the workforce. That will be subject to scrutiny by the authority in December, and will also be the subject of a further 'temperature test' survey of the workforce in a year's time. "A comparable workforce survey will then be repeated in the summer of 2017, with a clear expectation of material improvements where improvement is required." Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson said the survey showed Police Scotland had a motivated workforce who expressed a strong desire to help shape the future of the force. He added: "Change will of course have an impact on staff. This survey makes clear that changes to police officer pensions, issues around health and wellbeing, information and communication also have an impact to staff. "Our challenge now is to demonstrate action in relation to these findings." 'Simply shocking'The Scottish Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said a lack of finance lay at the heart of the "myriad of issues" the survey identified. Its chairman, Brian Docherty, said: "That a third of respondents stated they were looking to leave the service in the near future is a cause of considerable concern. "That more than three quarters of all police officers felt they had insufficient resources to do their job properly is frightening, and that 95% believed the service was not genuinely interested in their wellbeing is simply shocking. "We are not surprised that resources and pressures of work, particularly in local policing, are subject to the most strident criticisms. Local policing is stretched and police officers are under phenomenal pressure. They are tired, overworked and are increasingly strangers in their own homes." The Unison union, which represents many of the force's civilian staff, said the survey's results came as no surprise. Police Staff branch secretary George McIrvine said: "Unison has said for a long time that there are major issues that need addressing. The fact that only 9% of staff believe that genuine engagement will result from the survey is deeply concerning. ‎ "33% of staff indicating that they intended leaving the organisation is indicative of a workforce who feel neglected, undervalued and under stress. Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland must act on these outcomes." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scotland
  16. Police Scotland have recently been running some accelerated recruitment events in some parts of the country where candidates sit most of the parts of the recruitment process over two to three days. Those who pass each stage go onto the next one and those who don't are sent packing during the day. I believe it started up in Inverness due to the distances involved in that part of the country but one was recently held in Aberdeen and it looks like a few more might be held. My question really is do any other forces do anything similar? The whole process in Scotland is generally quite quick now anyway (can easily be under three months, generally no more than six before starting at the college) but this seems like it would be a bit better for candidates rather than dragging it out over a period of months. I can definitely see the benefit up in Inverness and candidates applying from outside of Scotland are all processed in Aberdeen so it also makes sense to have 2-3 day events there but I'd be interested to know what other people think about the idea and if it is done elsewhere in the UK at all (I suspect it probably is).
  17. POLICE Scotland have been criticised after an armed police officer was spotted buying a kebab in a Glasgow takeaway on Saturday night. It follows a string of controversies where police officers wearing side-arms have been spotted buying sandwiches. Last October, Sir Stephen House, Police Scotland’s beleaguered, outgoing Chief Constable, said armed officers would only be deployed when “firearms offences are taking place or where there is a threat to life”. For full story please use the following link. http://www.thenational.scot/news/armed-police-officer-criticised-for-taking-gun-into-kebab-shop.7319 They just won't let this issue go, daft thing is the overt carriage of firearms has been a routine for well over a decade in a number of force's.
  18. Can the IPCC compel officers to give a statement in similar circumstances in E&W?
  19. A bad example of policing?

    Normally you can watch these and understand the reasoning behind some of the decisions but this was a mess from the start. 'not detained but you can't go anywhere'
  20. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone else has applied for BTP Specials in Scotland? Applications are open until 5th December. Any people who have been through the application process; could you spare any advice regarding the tests and interview that will come up should I pass the application stage? Cheers ML

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