Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that police officer statistics published today only tell a small part of the story on policing in communities.
Whilst figures published today show an increase in overall police numbers, they do not reflect the loss of hundreds of civilian support staff. Since the launch of Scotland’s national force, concerns have remained about the impact these losses have had on local policing resources as police officers are left to fill the gaps.
The figures published today also showed an 11% increase in national resources which are managed on a centralised basis. The growing number of centralised resources now reflect nearly a tenth of all police staff.
Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said:
“With the loss of so many key civilian staff, frontline police counters and control rooms some may find it distasteful that the SNP are choosing to pat themselves on the back. These headline figures only tell a small part of the story.
“We still don’t know the full impact that the loss of civilian staff has had on local policing resources. We do know that with an increase in centralised resources, Kenny MacAskill’s new police force is first and last a centralised national force. That one-size-serves-all approach is not good news for local communities.”