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Edinburgh’s Reported Crime Rate Falls

Edinburgh’s reported crime rate is lower than that of last year.


Knife Crime in Scotland: Jail for All Offenders?

The Scottish Police Federation has suggested that a “more sophisticated approach” is required to deal with knife crime in Scotland. It claims that while the threat of jail for those carrying knives on streets may be a useful one in that context, the fact that the majority of knife crime appears to be committed in the home renders this punishment largely ineffective.


Proposals Made for Single Scottish Police Force

Controversial plans have been put in place for a single national Scottish police force. The Scottish Police Federation, representing 16,500 police officers, is against the move for a single police force, while the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents is in favour of the proposals.


Radical changes may be made to Scotland's criminal justice system

Following on from the Cadder V HMA decision, for which see our Cadder blog post from earlier this year, a further full review and potential changes are to be considered for Scots criminal law. This may lead to the revocation of certain current rights of suspected criminals which have stood for hundreds of years.


Maximum Sentence for Hate Crime Increased to Five Years

Under new plans by the Crown Office, sectarian hate crimes in Scotland could be punishable by custodial sentences of up to five years instead of six months.

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