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UK News No-deal Brexit could 'significantly impact' police ability to keep Scots safe

06:55  02 october  2019
06:55  02 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A no-deal Brexit will “significantly impact” on the police’s ability to keep Scots safe, one of the country’s most senior officers warned yesterday.

Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Campbell said leaving EU law enforcement agency Europol and the loss of the European Arrest Warrant would make it harder to trace criminals.

Outlining 36 policing tools that would go if the UK crashes out of Europe on October 31, he said: “The model we are moving towards come a no-deal scenario will significantly impact on our ability to keep the communities of Scotland safe.”

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Police chiefs doubt they could send officers across the country to deal with serious disruption and at the same time keep their own areas No - deal Brexit poses serious risk to public safety, say police leaders. Jon Boutcher says extra police will not help unless impact of Tory austerity is addressed.

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  • Intemperate language by politicians has made policing more difficult

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DCS Campbell explained that Police Scotland execute about 150 European Arrest Warrants each year, with somewhere between 1400 and 1500 executed by officers from across the UK.

He added: “With European Arrest Warrants, if we’re putting hands on someone across the EU states, it’s sometimes days before we can bring them back. We are talking months with reference to the extradition process, so again, slower, more bureaucratic, but we will still have the powers and that’s what we’ve been preparing for.

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“Come October 31, we will leave Europol, we will physically leave that building and thereafter, we will have to apply to get back in.”

Meanwhile, Police Scotland deputy chief constable Will Kerr warned some of the language being used by politicians was making it harder to “police the environment”.

He said: “The importance of temperate and responsible language and behaviour from those in positions of civic leadership cannot be overstated.”

On the risk of extremism, DCC Kerr added: “At a time of political uncertainty, political fragility perhaps, there’s also a risk that those on the extremes are going to look to exploit that situation.

“We’ve seen some of the evidence of that recently.”

Lib Dem justice spokesman Liam McArthur said: “The evidence from senior officers today suggests there is a serious risk of a breakdown in law and order as a result of irresponsible plans for a no-deal Brexit.

“Boris Johnson’s bus didn’t say “more criminals go free” on the side of it. It’s time to change course and ditch Brexit to protect our communities.”

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