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SNP must ditch their police reform plans: McInnes

August 2, 2011 4:44 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has urged the SNP to ditch their flawed and dangerous police reform plans as the Justice Secretary visits Strathclyde Police.

The SNP's plans for changing the way Scottish police is structured could see thousands of police officers removed from communities right across the country, making streets less safe.

These reforms could damage Scottish policing for good.

Commenting Mrs McInnes MSP said:

"Kenny MacAskill needs to ditch his dangerous and flawed police reform plans. These plans could see thousands of police officers taken off the streets, not just in Glasgow but right across the country.

"The SNP continue to make a lot of noise and bluster about how their policies have reduced crime in Scotland, but this won't last long if these reforms go ahead.

"With a growing cacophony of opposition voices, the Justice Secretary cannot afford to ignore the real fears communities and organisations have. The Justice Secretary ignores these concerns at his peril.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only party standing up for local communities and their safety and we will continue to oppose these reforms."