Justice Secretary's promises over police force reform unravel

Commenting on a leaked document by officers planning the new single police force which reveals plans to cut 20 percent from the police estates budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

“It is galling that the Labour party are only now waking up to the consequences of a single police force. They had ample opportunity to join with the Liberal Democrats in opposing the move.

“We repeatedly warned these proposals would lead to the dismantling of our valuable local police services but it gives us no pleasure to be proved right.

“The Justice Secretary's promises that his centralisation plans would not damage local policing have been exposed as nothing more than flannel. He urgently needs to address the public's concerns if he is ever to be taken seriously again.”