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Justice Secretary's mantra on police numbers doesn't add up

September 3, 2013 4:59 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the police officer quarterly statistics published today,Alison McInnesAlison McInnes Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said:

"The Justice Secretary's mantra of a thousand extra police officers doesn't fool many of us. It is difficult to find cause for celebration in this claim when in reality hundreds of civilian staff have been made redundant, and police officers are having to cover more back room jobs.

"We have seen police officers pulled out of community projects, the award for special constables cut and communications problems across the new single force. Not only is it important that we have enough police officers to ensure the safety of our community but those police officers must also be able to serve our communities through prevention and education work."