McArthur: “Open and honest” conversations about police force needed

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that a new report does a disservice to police officers and encouraged “honest and open conversations” as the government responds to a number of significant issues affecting the police force. 

The comments came in response to the Scottish Police Authority’s Annual Review of Policing for 2016/17 published today. 

Mr McArthur said:

“Police officers put the themselves on the line day in and day out to keep us safe. We owe every one of them, and all the expert support staff, enormous gratitude. However, it is a disservice to them to pretend that all is well when it clearly isn’t. 

“In the last year significant problems included the collapse of the service-wide i6 IT system, a multimillion pound budget deficit and the resignation of the SPA boss following a succession of failures. 

“The SPA and the Scottish Government need to end their denial and face the facts. Only through honest and open conversations will governance improve and those on the frontline get the support they need.”

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