Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today warned against cooking the books on police officer numbers after reports that a key staffing target was missed repeatedly over the last quarter.
Commenting Mr McArthur said:
“This was the SNP’s flagship justice pledge and concerns have been raised that the officer number pledge has put huge pressure on spending in other parts of the police budget. Now we learn that it seems police leadership have only been able to meet this commitment with a bit of creative accounting.
“People would be forgiven for thinking Police Scotland have been caught red-handed cooking the books to spare the blushes of SNP Ministers.
“If targets are being missed 99% of the time telling us that everything is fine on the basis of figures from a week or two is just not credible.”