Published on Sunday 31 March 2013 00:17
Police Scotland to watch sex offenders more closely
"THE most dangerous sexual offenders in Scotland are to be subjected to increased surveillance by the country’s new single police force.
Senior officers at Police Scotland, which becomes operational tomorrow, have set up a dedicated offender management unit in all 14 of its divisions to minimise the risks of new offences.
The move is part of the new force’s strategy to target high-risk offenders living in communities across the country. Police Scotland said resources were now being increased to improve monitoring and the application of sexual offence prevention orders imposed by the courts.
Some forces have been criticised for failing to keep track of offenders who frequently move addresses.
One survey found that one in seven sex offenders with court orders imposed to monitor their behaviour broke them in a single year."