Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.
We announced this week that officers in the north of the country will be among the first to start using mobile devices as part of their operational kit. Instead of having to return to the nearest station to record details of incidents, using the mobile tech, officers will be able to connect to the required police systems remotely. Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr said, "Giving the officers mobile phones will make them more visible in the communities they serve, enabling them to work on crime prevention and community-based policing to keep people safe, whether in the public, private or virtual space."
Also this week, the first recruits from our Introduction to Policing programme have completed their probationary period. The programme - designed to encourage people from ethnic minority backgrounds to think about a career in policing – was set up in 2017 and since then, the number of ethnic minority officers recruited has increased from 18 in 2016/17 to 68 in 2018/19.
Meanwhile, it's been a successful week in terms of arrests, charges and convictions. A man in Buckie was charged in relation to alleged intended thefts, and a youth in Edinburgh was charged after the attempted theft of a motorcycle.
In other news, six individuals have been arrested in connection with a robbery in the Dunfermline area, a man has been charged in connection with a murder in Falkirk, and a man has been charged with murder after the death of 51-year-old Anthony McGladrigan in Cuminestown, Turriff.
Elsewhere, 21-year-old David Milligan has been convicted of sexual offences in the Little France area of Edinburgh, and there was a £1.5 million drug recovery in the Hillington industrial estate.
And finally, this week we announced we have thrown our support behind a new initiative to safeguard Scottish businesses, working with the Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Business Resillience Centre.
That's it for this week, folks. Stay safe, have a great weekend, and we'll see you again next Friday.