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 today that from 31st May, our Distress Brief Intervention trained officers in the Scottish Borders areas will take part in a pilot scheme to begin referring those aged 16 and over to receive up to 14 days of support from the DBI Level 2 service. The DBI programme is part of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy and has helped almost 3,000 people since it launched two years ago
Also this week, a 43-year-old man from Glagow was the first to be convicted under new legislation regarding Domestic Abuse.
Meanwhile, two men were convicted of various offences following the abduction and rape of a teenager after New Year celebrations in Kirkcaldy in 2017, and a man has been jailed for the attempted murder and rape of a woman in Falkirk.
In other news, an individual has been charged with the murder of Edinburgh man Paul Smith, and a 46-year-old male has pled guilty to the attack of his support worker in Edinburgh last December. Detective Inspector Jonny Wright of Edinburgh's Public Protection Unit said, "This was an absolutely terrifying ordeal for the woman, who entered Caballero's flat with the intention of trying to help him. This is a horrendous attack under any circumstances, but that it took place during the course of the victim's work makes it even more shocking."
And finally, our Mounted Unit welcomed another new recruit to the stable this week.
That's it for this week, folks. Stay safe, have a great weekend, and we'll see you again next Friday.