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Police Scotland website goes live as Cumbernauld Police Station is confirmed as here to stay

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:02 GMT on Sunday 31st March, 2013.
Picture is a screen screen shot of the Police Scotland website. It is copyright of Police Scotland.

THE new Police Scotland website has gone live as the eight forces head towards tomorrow’s merger. 

As part of the new website, the new Scotland wide force outlines its commitment to capturing fugitives who flee abroad.

Police Scotland Chief Constable, Stephen House has said that the force’s commitment will see that those who attempt to flee abroad are “apprehended and brought to justice.” 

Speaking at the Scottish Institute of Policing Research conference on international policing, last week, Chief Constable Stephen House said keeping people safe meant pursuing anyone who commits crime and disappears overseas.

The Chief Constable said the new service would allow officers to deal more effectively with the twin threats of criminals from overseas harming our communities and criminals who go on the run having committed offences here.

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Mr House said: “Smarter international engagement and co-operation will ensure that Scotland is a hostile place for criminals involved in serious organised crime and that neighbouring European country and nations further afield are hostile places for those fleeing Scottish justice.

“The public in Scotland rightfully expect to be kept safe from threats that originate from outside the country. They also expect criminals who flee serious crimes by hiding across the world to be lawfully apprehended and to stand trial. Those involved in serious organised crime continue to exploit our borders for criminal opportunity as well as to evade justice.

“A dedicated International Unit within Police Scotland will ensure we continue to maintain and grow our connections to improve international police-to-police co-operation. A dedicated Fugitive Unit will have domestic and global reach to ensure those who flee crimes in Scotland or flee to Scotland are apprehended and brought to justice. The Fugitive Unit will be the first of its kind in Scotland and enable a national service to deliver real improvements for its local communities.

“It will be able to embark on fugitive hunts across countries. Early work on the unit has allowed us to divert important resource to bringing in outstanding wanted individuals to justice, thereby reducing the risks to our local communities.

“As those involved in criminality exploit cross-border opportunities, so must law enforcement and other agencies work together to exploit opportunities and share information to combat such threats. Effective cross-border sharing of information will allow us to make the vital connections which help us identify, manage and reduce threats posed by criminals seeking to enter Scottish communities or who already lie within.”

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The new Police Scotland website has gone live after rumours whirled around Cumbernauld which foretold of a bleak future for the town’s Police Station.

Previously suggestions had been made locally that Cumbernauld would see its local Police Station pack up and head out of the town, ahead of Police Scotland’s implementation on 1st April. 

Now, however, as the new Police Scotland website goes live, the force have renewed their commitment to local policing, and Cumbernauld Media can confirm that no such closure plans exist.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: “There are no plans to close Cumbernauld Police Station.”

As part of the merger, any indication of specific forces on any police resources will be, or have been, removed.

The spokeswoman added: “It remains a fully operational office.”

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