Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.
Road Patrol and Air Support units were proud to show off some handy new tech this week, as we announced the rollout of Target technology which assists in recovering stolen vehicles. The equipment detects signals given out by vehicles fitted with the company's device, and has so far helped officers locate five stolen vehicles using the gear in the helicopter alone. Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, Head of Road Policing, said, "We have a long track record of successful co-operation with Tracker, and by providing us with their equipment we have proved that the technology works, resulting in many vehicles, principally high-value cars but also vans, lorries, industrial and agricultural equipment, being recovered and people brought to justice.”
Also this week, we have a featured article on Criminal Intelligence Analyst Kenny Milne, recipient of the coveted Staff Member of the Year gong at last year’s Excellence Awards, where he tells us about his career as a serving officer, how retirement was too boring, and what advice he has for those considering a career in law enforcement.
Meanwhile, seven people were charged with drugs offences after a £23k seizure in Bathgate, a 57-year-old man was convicted for drug smuggling at Edinburgh High Court, five individuals were in court after a six figure recovery of Class A substances in Fife, and two men were charged following the recovery of cannabis and heroin in Galashiels.
Elsewhere, four youths in Peterhead have been charged after a video showing an assault on a young boy was circulated on social media, a 25-year-old Elgin man has been charged in relation to a number of alleged willful fire raising incidents, a man has been jailed for robbing a teenager in Edinburgh, a 38-year-old was charged in relation to alleged housebreaking in Insch, and at the Edinburgh High Court on Wednesday, 58-year-old Robert Hawkins was convicted for a string of serious sexual assaults.
And finally, Police Scotland are out in force at the Royal Highland Show this week, talking about our place in the battle against rural crime.
That's it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and we'll see you again next Friday.