Rennie: SNP shift from 1000 extra officers to cutting 400

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today warned that the Scottish Government have shifted from promising 1000 extra officers to cutting 400 positions.

Under questioning from Mr Rennie, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson admitted under that he was prepared to endorse a police strategy that dramatically cut officer posts.

Speaking outside the chamber, Mr Rennie said:

"At First Minister's Questions last week, Nicola Sturgeon showed a real lack of leadership in failing to own up to plans to cut officer numbers.

"It is only now that her Justice Secretary finally admits that he is prepared to oversee a significant fall in officer numbers.

"The Scottish Government are already facing a significant bill to repair the damage done caused by their policing policy, including the use of frontline officers to backfill of civilian roles.

"The First Minister and her Justice Secretary carry the responsibility for that."

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