Speaking after the Scottish Police Federation presented the Justice Sub-Committee with photos of dilapidated police stations and equipment, including leaking pipes and roofs, moulding walls, parcel-taped wiring and broken seat-belts, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:
“The harsh realities of years of underfunding have been laid bare in these latest pictures. Parts of the police estate are in a dire condition and that is putting the safety and wellbeing of officers, staff and ultimately the public at risk.
“Dangerous electrics, leaks and rusting vehicles can be added to the long list of unacceptable conditions that were uncovered recently in Argyll and Bute.
“I wrote to the SPA weeks ago to express my concerns, and to encourage greater urgency in conducting the long-overdue staff survey, but as yet have received no response.
“Recent revelations about the state of police stations and equipment show why seeking the views of staff must be a priority. Informed decisions about the administration of budgets can’t be made without a proper understanding of the lived experience of officers and staff.
“Officers work in day-in day-out to keep our communities safe. Leaving them to work in conditions described by the SPF as a “complete and utter embarrassment” is disgraceful.”
Speaking in response to the SPF’s claim that Police Scotland were illegally housing officers in properties that did not have HMO licences, Liam McArthur said:
“Everyone knows the rules for houses with multiple occupancy and that they exist for a reason. People will be dismayed to find that Police Scotland has chosen to circumvent them and house officers in unsafe properties.
“I’ve asked the police for an explanation and am yet to receive one.”