Responding to comments from Ian Livingstone, Chief Constable of Police Scotland, in which he warned that Scottish Government spending plans could lead to fewer officers on the street, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:
"It's interesting to compare the spending commitments of Scottish nationalists now with their pre-election pledge to protect the police resource budget.
"The police budget is being hollowed out and Ian Livingstone is right to warn of the consequences.
"What people want is a community police force that turns up when a crime is committed and ensures that offenders are properly pursued. That is no longer guaranteed under the SNP."