Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today accused the First Minister of having her head in the sand over the impact of her justice reforms on policing in Scotland.
Speaking as SNP delegates gathered in Aberdeen, Mr Rennie called on Nicola Sturgeon to take responsibility and address the challenges facing Police Scotland during her conference speech.
There are no motions on policing included in the three-day SNP conference agenda.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr show last week, the First Minister said that she would do not do things differently if she had the chance to revisit her government’s police centralisation policy.
Commenting, Mr Rennie said:
“The creation of Police Scotland has been one of the SNP’s most significant policy failures. After eight years of SNP government we have a situation where morale in the force is at rock bottom. Officers are overworked and feel undervalued. Public confidence in the force has been dented by scandal and controversy.
“It beggars belief that the SNP conference has found time to note concern over the governance of the BBC but not to debate the utter mess that SNP Ministers helped create in our police force.
“The First Minister needs to take her head out of the sand and address this glaring shortcoming when she takes to the conference platform in Aberdeen this week."