Police officers must get basic kit

Commenting following reports that Police Scotland officers have been forced to buy their own hand sanitiser and bin bags due to budget cuts, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said:

"Police bosses rejected claims that rank and file officers had to purchase their own kit. Now it seems that the scale of the problem was understated.

“Police officers encounter all sorts of messy situations so you would have thought basics such as hand wash and sanitiser would always be available.

"We cannot expect officers to do their best work and keep us safe unless they get the support they need. At its most basic level that means ensuring that they are able to keep clean and healthy."

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