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Guest blog: Susannah Drury from Missing People

The festive period can be a difficult time of year for anyone with a missing relative. It is also a hard time for people who are missing or thinking of going missing.

In a guest blog, Susannah Drury of Missing People, outlines the vital support that is available and highlights the...Read More »


PSYV guest blog: Helping communities through the festive season

This festive season Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) in Lanarkshire have been working with local charities to provide essential food items to vulnerable people.

The PSYV programme develops strong relationships between the police and young people by breaking down barriers and encouraging young people to be positive role models within...Read More »


The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill  seeks to modernise, consolidate and extend Scotland’s existing hate crime law – ensuring it is fit for modern Scotland.

Current hate crime legislation has evolved over time in a fragmented manner.

By providing greater clarity, transparency and consistency the new Bill –...Read More »


Letter from Minister for Community Safety Ash Denham to Legal Profession

The Scottish Government recognises the important role played by legal aid providers in supporting their clients and our justice system. I also recognise that those offering legally aided services now face a time of unprecedented uncertainty, and require our support. I am keen to find ways to support cash flow...Read More »


Justice Secretary comments on domestic abuse figures

Police dealt with just over 60,000 incidents in 2018-19

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has responded to official statistics showing police recorded 60,641 incidents of domestic abuse in 2018-19 – a 2% rise on the previous year.

Levels of domestic abuse recorded by police in Scotland have remained relatively stable since 2011-12, with...Read More »


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