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Public have made their views clear on Scottish policing: McInnes

June 21, 2011 5:33 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting as the Scottish Policing board meets to consider submissions on the future of Scottish policing, which show the highest number of respondents want to keep 8 police forces, Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only party standing up for local policing by opposing a single national police force. These submissions show that we are right to stand up against a single police force.

"The Justice Secretary has already expressed his view that 'he who pays the piper calls the tune'. Scottish Liberal Democrats have raised concerns that a single Chief Constable responsible to the Justice Minister is bad for democracy, and this comment from Kenny MacAskill serves to confirm these fears.

"The public have made their views clear and the Justice Secretary must respond