5 February 2019

The number of police officers keeping our communities safe has fallen dramatically since the SNP government’s centralisation of forces in 2013.

Analysis by Scottish Labour shows officer numbers have decreased by 321 since regional forces were disbanded, with local officers bearing the brunt of the cuts.

Labour say this is yet more evidence of the SNP’s mismanagement of our police force.

Scottish Labour’s justice spokesperson, Daniel Johnson MSP, said:

“Communities across Scotland are seeing their local police presence disappear under the SNP.

“Labour backed the merger in 2013 but laid out plans to protect local policing.

“SNP Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf must explain to parliament and the public how these cuts can be acceptable in the face of rising crime in Scotland, and why he has failed to secure the additional funding that Police Scotland has made clear is needed urgently to prevent further cuts.

“Labour understands that you can’t keep communities safe on the cheap, and that is why we would properly resource our police force in government to keep the public safe.”

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