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.

Figures published today show that while recorded crime continues to fall, the clear up rate for all recorded crimes saw a further decrease since the creation of Police Scotland. The clear up rate stood at 50.4 percent in 2014-15, compared to 51.5 percent in 2013-14 and 51.3 percent in 2012-13.
The number of crimes cleared up per FTE officer fell from 8 to 7 between 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:
“I’m concerned that the fall in clear up rates reveals the real impact of backfilling.
“The SNP’s centralisation of policing has resulted in the loss of a number of critical civilian staff. Policing bodies have continually raised concerns that this loss is only shifting more pressure on to police officers.
“We need a wide inquiry into the operations of Police Scotland to give officers and communities confidence that lessons are being learnt.
“It would be reckless of SNP ministers to allow the clear up rate to continue to slip without any examination as to why.”

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