McArthur: Police presence cut back over 2016

Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned SNP Ministers that pressure on the police officers is mounting after new figures show a cut in officers over 2016.

New quarterly statistics reveal that the total number of police officers at the end of December 2016 stood at 17,256, down 61 full-time equivalent roles on the first quarter of 2016. 

Commenting, Mr McArthur said: 

“These figures are just a glimpse of the real pressure that Police Scotland is facing as a result of the SNP’s £190 million funding gap. 

“Police officers and staff work incredibly hard, day in day out, protecting our communities. However, SNP ministers need to provide the right level of support if they are to do their jobs to the best of their ability. 

“What these figures don’t reveal is the fact officers are being pulled from the frontline duties to cover jobs once the responsibility of civilian staff now no longer with the force. 

“Ministers must make sure 2017 is the year they finally sort out this mess.”

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