McArthur: Downturn in public perception of police performance

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said work is needed to repair the SNP's botched police centralisation after new statistics showed a downturn in public perception of its performance in a number of measures

The Crime and Justice Survey 2016/17 showed:

  • 58% of adults believed the police in their local were doing a good or excellent job, lower than the 61% who felt this way prior to centralisation;
  • people were less confident about the ability of the police to respond quickly, dropping from 66% in 2012/13 to 64%;
  • confidence in the ability of the police to deal with incidents has also fallen 2% since centralisation.

Mr McArthur commented:

"As the national force marks its fifth anniversary, it is concerning to see that there has been a downturn in the public's perception of the police performance in some areas since centralisation.

"Local officers and staff work incredibly hard for their areas but they have been let down by the turmoil that has gone on at the top. The SNP's botched centralisation has not delivered the benefits that they were promised.

"As well as ensuring officers and staff have the resources they need, ministers should ask an expert independent commission to lead reforms to inject localism and democracy back into the police."

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