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SNP centralisation job warnings turn into reality

September 26, 2012 1:40 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on an admission made by the new single police Chief Constable that as many as 3,000 police support staff jobs could be lost in the creation of a single national police force, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"The SNP promised that police centralisation would protect, not cut, jobs. Liberal Democrats warned of the dangers of creating a national police force. Sadly those warnings seem to be turning into reality.

"Civilian staff play an absolutely vital role in the police service. The work they do - as intelligence analysts, custody officers and community wardens - allow our police officers to spend the maximum time possible out on the beat. They are key to the community-based, preventative policing model that we are currently blessed with in Scotland."