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SNP should let police get on with the job

December 5, 2012 4:42 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after an opposition day debate on policing in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"While the Government look to keep the disagreement between the new SPA and SPS chiefs at arm's length, they are only too happy to wade in chest deep to other matters. Matters such as prescribing how the new Chief Constable should spend his budget.

"I welcome that there are more police officers in Scotland than ever before. But I cannot agree that an arbitrary number of officers, determined by the SNP manifesto team, is some holy grail of policing in Scotland.

"Kenny MacAskill's praise for police staff rings rather hollow when he is happy to sacrifice them in order to fund this meaningless commitment. Having a thousand extra police officers benefits no-one unless those officers are free to get on with the roles they have been trained to do.

"If the Scottish Government is serious about refraining from political interference with the police - and they should be -then they need to make sure that the SPA and SPS have clarity over the reforms, and then leave them to get on with the job."