Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP has today said a decade of SNP government has left the police service in Scotland in crisis.
Mr McArthur's comments after the General Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation Calum Steele told a fringe meeting at SNP conference that there was a ‘genuine crisis’ in Police Scotland’s buildings and infrastructure.
At the same meeting, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson also admitted that the centralisation of the police force has meant that ministers had taken their eye off local policing.
Commenting Mr McArthur said:
"The Justice Secretary's admission that police centralisation led to the SNP taking their eye off the ball when it comes to local policing is a statement of the obvious. Every week we are seeing new reports demonstrating the pressure that services are under.
“Over the summer there were reports of officers being forced to buy their own kit and being told not to investigate drug dealers because of fears over the cost of overtime. Now we are seeing police cars being held together with duct tape and cable ties, and damp in police stations.
"The savings that the SNP promised would come from the creation of Police Scotland have simply not materialised and officers and civilian staff are facing years of further spending cuts as a result. That is not good for our police and it is not good for communities across Scotland. The make do and mend approach that the Scottish Government have inflicted on our police will not deliver the quality service we need."