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Questions remain over single police force plans

February 21, 2012 3:31 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the statement from ACPOS that the single national police force is intended to begin operating from the 1st April 2013, Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSP"It is truly astonishing that, before the Scottish Parliament has even begun its scrutiny of the proposals for a single national police force, ACPOS and the Scottish Government are already talking about the date when the new force will begin operations.

"This is yet another example of the SNP's blatant disregard for the Parliamentary process.

"These proposals represent the biggest shakeup of Scotland's policing for a generation, and there are still many question marks remaining - not least on how local policing will be protected and how many jobs will be affected.

"The Justice Secretary has a responsibility to our communities to ensure that all these concerns are all fully addressed well in advance of any plans for the new force to start work.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently argued against the creation of a single national police force. This move will be bad news for locally accountable, community policing.

"The Justice Secretary still needs to demonstrate how he expects to keep that accountability at the core of our forces.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats believe that policing is best when it is local - truly local. Our police are at their best when they are working with communities, for those communities.

"These flawed reforms risk doing irreparable damage to that work, and represent little more than a Ministerial power grab."