SNP spin disguises sacrifices in police forces

Commenting on police number statistics out today, Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSP“What this latest piece of SNP spin hides is the sacrifices that have had to be made elsewhere in forces so that Kenny Macaskill can claim to be delighted.

“I am concerned at the drastic drop in civilian staff in Scottish forces. Well over 500 jobs have been lost over the last year. Frontline civilian staff are an integral part of any modern police force and their loss makes our police forces less effective.

“Let’s be clear though, these staffing reductions will be just the tip of the iceberg if the Cabinet Secretary pursues his proposal for a single police force.”