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Justice Secretary has questions to answer as Police numbers fall

March 4, 2014 1:57 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP hasAlison McInnesAlison McInnes said Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has questions to answer over the impact of police centralisation after figures published today show a further decline in police numbers. The figures come a day after dozens of police counters across Scotland closed their doors to the public.

Ms McInnes said:

"What these top line figures do not tell us is the extent of the practice of backfilling, which the Chief Constable himself confirmed is happening. If police officers are having to spend time mitigating civilian staff cuts then any grand pledge on numbers will become meaningless.

"Following the closure of dozens of police counters to the public yesterday I remain concerned that the SNP's centralisation plans will turn our police into a faceless organisation. With the majority of frontline police control rooms marked for closure and police numbers falling Kenny MacAskill has questions to answer over the real impact of police centralisation."