Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has raised concerns about police bosses operating on a need-to-know basis after contradictory reports were published in Scottish newspapers today on the number of sex offenders who have gone missing.
Figures released by 39 forces across the UK under Freedom of Information laws showed 394 sex offenders are currently wanted because their whereabouts are unknown. Police Scotland’s response to the request reported that none are missing.
Following further queries from a national newspaper yesterday, Police Scotland said: “There are zero missing Registered Sex Offenders. There are, however, nine wanted RSO’s.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said:
“It is frustrating that once again Police Scotland have been found providing difficult answers to simple questions. Time and time again we learn that public interest is overshadowed by Police Scotland’s attempts manage its own image.
“Isn’t it time that police bosses stopped operating on a need-to-know basis, and started being forthcoming about policing in our communities?
“Many national newspapers have now run this inaccurate story. People will wonder why, when every force chose to answer this query in the spirit it was asked, Police Scotland chose to take such a disingenuous approach. We need an explanation from Police Scotland.”