Rennie: Scottish policing is on the wrong track

Addressing the Scottish Liberal Democrat autumn conference in Dunfermline, Willie Rennie said:


"Scotland is on the wrong track on policing.
It’s been five years since the formation of Police Scotland.
As the new Chief Constable Ian Livingstone – the third in just five years - admitted: it’s not gone well.

The targets, the control rooms, the stop and search, the Police Authority clashes, four chairs, three chief constables.  The list goes on.

From the beginning first Alison McInnes and now Liam McArthur have stood up for policing in Scotland.

We’ve held the Government to account.

We’ve made some progress.

It looks like the forced merger of the British Transport Police is off.

And not before time.

But there is so much more to be done.

Because the government forced out lots of civilian staff, police officers are now stuck in offices covering those jobs.

It means police cover on the streets is down.  The thin blue line is thinner than ever before.

It’s a warning to the new Justice Secretary.  

Our police officers do a great job – how about giving them some support?

And victims of the police centralisation deserve justice too.  

It’s three years since the M9 crash where Lamara Bell and John Yuill died at the side of the motorway.  

You’ll remember they were left there for days despite a report to the Bilston Glen call centre.  

But still – three years later - we don’t know why.  

This is too long.  

We need the Fatal Accident Inquiry and we need it now.

On the police, on justice, on mental health, on education the country is on the wrong track.
People deserve better, Liberal Democrats demand better.

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