Rennie: Justice Secretary's comments on police mental health "complacent"


Responding to the comment by the Justice Secretary that he is "very satisfied" with the support offered to police officers and staff struggling with mental ill health, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie commented:

"The Justice Secretary is being complacent. The shocking figures I presented to the First Minister yesterday demand more than warm words. 

"A full police staff survey is needed to actually understand whether their needs are being met. The last one showed only 8% of staff thought the national force cared about their wellbeing, so it's no surprise the follow-up is running years late.

"Many officers are seriously struggling with their own mental health, and the service overall is struggling to help members of the public in the same position. To ease the pressure, the 20,000 strong workforce need much more than the 7.5 extra mental health staff the SNP Government has given them in the last two years."


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