Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today warned police officers are being stretched to breaking point as new figures revealed Police Scotland owe officers 25,000 cancelled rest days.
Mr Rennie was commenting after media reports that as of March 2016, 25,036 rest days had been cancelled and had not been re-allocated to officers.
Commenting, Mr Rennie said:
"These figures are simply astonishing. The fact that so many rest days have been cancelled reveals a deeper problem that exists within Police Scotland. It shows the real pressure that the force is under, and how this is impacting on individual officers. Police officers have been stretched to breaking point and I think we need to step in to make sure we can relieve that pressure so that they can get their lives back.
"If officers are tired, if they're exhausted, if they're getting used to a point that's unacceptable then of course that's going to impact on morale and then also on our communities. We need to ensure that our officers are healthy, fighting fit, and rested appropriately so they can do their job properly. That's the best way to protect our communities."