Responding to the publication of the second Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:
“Frontline police officers and firefighters are telling us that they are stretched. They are hamstrung by a lack of resources, the decision to cut valuable civilian expertise and their reliance on outdated IT systems. It is hard for anyone to do their job to the best of their ability without the right support.
“Police Scotland has lurched from crisis to crisis since the SNP’s botched centralisation. Much of what was promised hasn’t materialised. However, SNP ministers are now determined to absorb the British Transport Police into Police Scotland, despite the huge challenges already facing the national force and irrespective of the evidence and warnings.
“Their gung-ho pursuit of centralisation at any cost shows that they simply haven’t learnt from their earlier mistakes. It is time ministers put those right before embarking on any more.”