Justice Secretary dodging tough questions over “inadequate” police fleet

Speaking after he pressed the Justice Secretary on a Liberal Democrat freedom of information request which revealed that more than 250 police cars are over a decade old and a quarter of the fleet has clocked up over 100,000 miles, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

Frontline officers have warned that the fleet is a “disgrace” and “held together with duct tape”. Recently in Kirkcaldy, only two of nine police vehicles was roadworthy.

“Unfortunately, rather than addressing these serious concerns from officers, the Justice Secretary chose to pick a political fight and insist that opposition politicians had no right to raise them. The police and the public deserve better from the Scottish Government.

“The lack of resources was a consistent theme in the 2015 police staff survey. That survey was meant to be repeated in 2017. The Cabinet Secretary must ask the national force to bring forward the long-overdue survey to find out what staff now think about the tools they are given.”

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