Responding to comments made by Iain Livingstone to the Scotland on Sunday today where he called for less political interference in policing, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
“It is disappointing that Iain Livingstone thinks we should ignore the state of one of our most important public services. Liberal Democrats will always speak up when it matters even if it is inconvenient for police chiefs and government ministers.
"I will never apologise for questioning police centralisation, call centres, M9 crash, top down target culture and massive reduction of experienced civilian staff. I hope we can work together with Iain Livingstone but he needs to accept that our constituents expect us to ensure we have a police service that is up to the job of keeping us safe.”