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A reflection on domestic abuse in the Grampian area: policing and the justice system

Janine Ewen is Co-Director of Grampian Women’s Aid appointed in 2015 to work on policy and governance. It is her intention to convert personal experience and circumstance into improving the outcomes for other women and children who have endured domestic

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Policing by numbers

In another of her posts on policing, Kath Murray comments on police officer statistics. Source: Scottish Government, 2015 (* Note the condensed y-axis.) Recently, the Sunday Herald published an article on police officers numbers in Scotland. This suggested that the number

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Devolving the British Transport Police: unanswered questions

Genevieve Lennon is Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. For her latest book ‘Routledge Handbook of Law and Terrorism’ go to http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415870375/. The Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, announced in March that the functions of the British Transport Police (BTP)

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Calling time on stop and search? The case against alcohol powers

Kath Murray is an SCCJR research associate at the University of Edinburgh. After a barrage of negative headlines, political spats and recording cock-ups, the ability of police officers in Scotland to stop and search people without legal authority or reasonable

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Stop and search in Scotland: legality and accountability

Kath Murray is an SCCJR research associate at the University of Edinburgh. Stop and search hit the headlines over a year ago, and the controversy shows little sign of abating. Following the recent revelations by the BBC that officers are

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Stop and search in Scotland: the SPA scrutiny review and Police Scotland’s response

In May 2014, against a backdrop of media and political attention, the Scottish Police Authority published its Scrutiny Review on stop and search. The Review raised several key questions: Does stop and search work? What constitutes a successful outcome? And

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Call for police stop and search legislation

There’s been a surge of interest in stop and search on both sides of the border in recent weeks, as the Home Secretary and the Scottish Police Authority presented their respective conclusions on the use of this controversial power. Both

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Responding to Nick Fyfe on Scottish Police Reform: ‘reform’ or ‘change’?

Guest post from Diarmaid Harkin in response to Professor Nick Fyfe’s article Making sense of a radically changing landscape on the the key contours of police reform in Scotland (SJM1). Diarmaid is a final year PhD student at Edinburgh University

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