Crime and Policing

Police Numbers Grow In Scotland - But England?

"Further good annual and quarterly figures on maintaining Police Service recruitment released today by the Chief Statistician. Link to news.gov.scot and snippets below: Compare these numbers with the 20,000 ‘missing’ police officers south of the border – mislaid since the tories came to office at Westminster. SNP Scottish Government and YES majority Scottish Parliament doing the Day Job thing in a way that Johnson and co. couldn’t even begin to dream of".

Knife Crime In Scottish Schools Much Lower Than In UK Schools

Police Scotland have reported that there were 7 detections of having a bladed/pointed article in Scottish schools in 2018/2019, up one from 2017/2018: A Freedom of Information request by 5 News in August 2019 was necessary to reveal the figures for the UK as a whole. There were 1 144 cases. The UK figure, all things being equal, should be around 80 but is more than 1 144, so the rate, per head, is around 14 times higher. Though Scotland seems to have been included in the survey, the only mention in the Independent coverage, of Scotland, was this: A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Scotland has adopted a public health approach to violent crime, tackling the underlying causes of violence and not just the symptoms. Our approach to knife crime, focusing on prevention, is recognised across the UK and internationally as making a real difference in keeping people safer.”

Disability Hate Crime Less Than In England And Wales

"England and Wales have around 11 times the population of Scotland so, pro rata, you’d expected disability hate crime in the former to be at around 11 times 289 or 3 179 but, based on these figures it’s twice as common. This is not, of course, a precisely, like-for-like statistical comparison here, but given that other forms of hate crime are lower in Scotland, perhaps this has at least something in it?"