McArthur: Police morale victim of failed SNP policies

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said police morale has been a “victim of a botched SNP centralisation” after a new survey revealed just one in ten officers and civilian staff believe the outlook for Police Scotland is good.

A survey asked employees if they supported the statement ‘I feel positive about the future within Police Scotland.’ Only 10% agreed while 71% disagreed.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said: 

“These survey results are shocking but not surprising. They reflect the fact that Police Scotland remains beset by problems and show that police morale is another victim of the SNP’s botched centralisation.


“Policing is an incredibly high stress job at the best of times. The changes forced through by SNP Ministers, however, are pushing officers and staff to breaking point while failing to deliver the savings and benefits the government promised. 

“With a £180m black hole in the middle of Police Scotland’s finances, and officers being asked to do more with less, it is time SNP ministers accepted their part in creating this unsustainable situation and take action.  Only then will we see confidence and morale within the force begin to rise.”

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