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McInnes slams SNP gloating over police numbers

August 4, 2015 2:20 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised the SNP Government for gloating about police officer numbers at a time when many frontline services are under severe pressure.

Whilst it was reported today that the number of additional police officers is being maintained at more than 1,000 compared to 2007, more reports continue to emerge about officers fulfilling civilian duties such as staffing pressured control rooms.

Commenting, Alison McInnes MSP said:

"Many of the police staff working all hours to prevent further chaos in the force will be disappointed to see the SNP gloating at these numbers.

"The reality is that these numbers do not give us an accurate picture of policing on the ground.

"Control room staff are fighting a valiant but losing battle in the face of savage cuts to staffing levels, so-called consensual stop and search continues and confusion remains over Police Scotland's policy on armed police.

"Officers and civilian staff deserve enormous praise for the work they do in tough circumstances made even tougher by those at the top. It's disappointing, but sadly not surprising, that the SNP Government is still out of touch on these significant issues."