Police in Dumfries & Galloway have been training in how to deal with people with dementia, after a significant number of officers admitted feeling ill-equipped.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway teamed up with Police Scotland to trial a session with 18 members of staff.
It explored some practical challenges older people and people living with dementia may face, such as arthritis and visual changes related to ageing, and their effects on the mind and body.
It is estimated that there could be as many as 90,000 people in Scotland living with dementia and increasingly our officers are coming into contact with people living with and affected by dementia.
The body of the 32-year-old man has been found at a house in New Abbey, Dumfries. Police are treating the death as unexplained.Read the full story ›
Police are appealing for witnesses after cars and a charity office in Dumfries and Galloway were vandalised.
A silver Jaguar car parked in Annan's Drummond Road was targeted sometime on Thursday night or the early hours of Friday and a blue Ford Fusion - on a driveway of a house at Durisdeer Mill in Thornhill - had its tyres vandalised on three separate occasions between the evening of Sunday 15 February and Thursday morning.
The premises of Apex Scotland in Friars Vennel, Dumfries also had a window smashed on Friday night or the early hours of Saturday morning.
Anybody with information about any of the crimes is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Scottish Justice secretary Kenny Macaskill is visiting Dumfries today, as the row over the police control room there continues.
Mr MacAskill will hear about the work of units introduced by Police Scotland such as the Trunk Roads Policing Team and specialist Divisional Rape Investigation Team.
A report about Police Scotland's contact centres and control rooms will be presented to the Scottish Police Authority Board on Thursday 30th January.
It includes proposals to close the services in Dumfries, a move that's been criticised by the local MP, Russell Brown.
Around 1:30pm hours on Saturday 13 July 2013 a serious crash occurred on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road at the southern entrance to Drumlanrig Castle involving a car and a motorbike.
The 41 year old rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital by air ambulance suffering from serious injuries. The 80 year old driver of the Citroen was not injured.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash or who may have seen either vehicle prior to the collision to contact officers at Thornhill Police Station on 101
Dumfries and Galloway Council has agreed to go ahead with plans to look for suitable sites for up to three wind turbines on its land.
They says it will be a way to off-set their carbon footprint, and raise some money.
Matthew Taylor has the full report:
A council is considering putting up three of its own wind turbines to pay for and off set carbon emissions from its street lights.
Planners at Dumfries and Galloway are meeting to discuss installing three turbines up to 66 metres high on council land.
They have identified 11 sites and are considering using school playing areas.
Opponents have criticised it for being nothing more than a 'money-making scheme'.
Councillors in Dumfries and Galloway are voting on whether to buy wind turbines, so that the council can then sell energy back to the National Grid and offset its carbon emissions.
Opponents say the region is already blighted by wind farms.
The Scottish Justice Minister gave assurances today that local policing issues won't suffer when the eight forces in Scotland merge into one next month.
Kenny MacAskill was paying his last visit to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.
He met drug enforcement officers in Dumfries who have just arrested scores of people in an operation to crack down on local gangs.
Matthew Taylor has this report:
The Scottish Justice Secretary has met with drug enforcement officers in Dumfries who showed him part of their £60,000 drugs haul plus weapons and £8,000 cash from Operation Dulcet.