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Single chief constable role comes at great cost

July 23, 2012 3:39 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the advertisement of the single police Chief Constable role, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"Many will find the eye-watering £208k salary difficult to stomach. The SNP government like to think it is against high public sector pay, but time and time again we see instances like this.

"But this isn't the only cost. Eight locally accountable, locally visible Chief Constables are being replaced by one. I don't understand how the SNP feel they can justify this reduction in service as value for money.

"We've complained that the centralisation of the police is a dangerous step that puts too much power in the hands of one person. Now there's too much money in the hands of one person."