McInnes: Crime figures reveal impact of backfilling

Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that a drop in the clear up rate for recorded crimes reveals the impact of backfilling for local communities.

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McInnes: Control room review reveals continued risk to public

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that a damning review of police call handling has revealed that systemic problems present a continued risk to the public.

The interim HMICS review published today called for the suspension of planned closures of call centres in the North until the new centralised area control room is fully operational.

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McInnes: Case for stop and search reform is now overwhelming

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that the case for comprehensive reform of this so-called “consensual stop and search” is “now overwhelming”.

It follows the publication of an independent review into the tactic led by John Scott QC.

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McInnes urges SNP to ‘be bold’ on police action

Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged the Scottish Government to ‘be bold’ in addressing the significant problems facing policing in Scotland.

It is widely expected that long-awaited reports into police control rooms and police use of so-called consensual stop and search will be published tomorrow ahead of a statement on policing by the Justice Secretary.

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Hume calls for action as consultant vacancies treble

Scottish Liberal Democrats has called on the Health Secretary to act after figures published today showed the number of consultant posts lying vacant has trebled over the past four years.

 

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Rennie commits to climate change action

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today backed an agreement to act on climate change.

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Lib Dems seek to put democracy back in policing

Scottish Liberal Democrats are to seek to put democracy back into Scottish policing, it has been revealed today.

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Scotland’s parties can embarrass Tories into action on migrant crisis

Tim Farron has urged Scotland’s parties to embarrass the Tories into action on the Calais migrant crisis.

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Resignation of Chief Constable won't solve Police Scotland problems

Commenting on news that Chief Constable Stephen House is to step down, Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said:

"Decapitating the Chief Constable won't solve the deep rooted problems in Police Scotland. A new chief carrying on as if nothing is wrong will cement the problems rather than solve them.

"The early resignation of Chief Constable Stephen House reveals the chaos at the heart of Police Scotland. Yet, this isn't about the job of one man at the top but recovering the fortunes of the wider police force which is in the doldrums.

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Hume urges Mental Health Officer boost

Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeated calls to the Scottish Government to boost the number of Mental Health Officers in Scotland. 

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