McArthur: End BTP merger and take it off new Chief Constable's desk


Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to scrap the merger of British Transport Police into Police Scotland, saying it is the "last thing" the new Chief Constable needs.

As opposition parties urged the SNP Government to change course, Mr McArthur said:

"The SNP's politically motivated merger has been deeply unpopular with officers and staff, with more than a million pounds already spent on a project for which there has never been a business case.

"Iain Livingstone has already had to press pause once, forced to tell the SNP Government that their original plan could not have gone ahead 'without compromising public safety'.

"It is time the Justice Secretary recognised that they are making the same mistakes as they did with the botched Police Scotland merger and took it off the Chief Constable's desk altogether. It is the last thing Police Scotland's new leadership team needs."


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