Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today criticised plans to cut 100 officers from Police Scotland next year, warning that officers should not pay the price for central government failings.
The cuts, estimated to save the force £2.7m, were included in the SPA’s draft budget report which is due to be discussed at the SPA board meeting on Thursday. The report also highlights an expected £35.6m operating deficit in 2018/19.
Mr McArthur said:
“Five years into the life of Police Scotland and officer numbers are on the line.
“This is in part because the benefits of centralisation that the SNP promised have just not materialised.
“Police officers and staff work incredibly hard, day in day out, protecting our communities.
“SNP Ministers must face up to the mess they made and ensure that police officers do not pay the price for central government failings.”