McInnes urges SNP to ‘be bold’ on police action

Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged the Scottish Government to ‘be bold’ in addressing the significant problems facing policing in Scotland.

It is widely expected that long-awaited reports into police control rooms and police use of so-called consensual stop and search will be published tomorrow ahead of a statement on policing by the Justice Secretary.

During the Programme for Government the First Minister yesterday revealed that the Scottish Government was to support a code of practice on stop and search. This was proposed by the Scottish Liberal Democrats in February and amendments on this and the abolition of so-called consensual stop and search will be debated by the Justice Committee later this month.

Commenting ahead of the statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

“Today is set to be a watershed moment for policing in Scotland.

“Scotland’s proud tradition of local policing has been diminished by the SNP’s centralising reforms. Unabated use of so-called consensual stop and search, chaos in control rooms and armed police are only a few of the crises which ministers and senior management have failed to get a grip of, damaging the confidence of staff and communities.

“We need to see big change if we are to tackle the big challenges facing policing in our communities.

“I urge SNP ministers to be bold and finally face up to their responsibilities.”

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