by Tim Lezard UNISON has condemned the Chief Constable of Police Scotland’s statement that more police staff will be made redundant. Police Scotland has said it needs to save £1.1bn by 2026 and, with police chiefs anxious not to be seen to cut bobbies …

Police Scotlandby Tim Lezard

UNISON has condemned the Chief Constable of Police Scotland’s statement that more police staff will be made redundant.

Police Scotland has said it needs to save £1.1bn by 2026 and, with police chiefs anxious not to be seen to cut bobbies on the beat, civilian staff appear to be top of the casualty list. 2,000 civilians have already lost their jobs since 2009.

George McIrvine, secretary of UNISON police staff Scotland branch said, “This shows UNISON is right. Civilian police staff are facing big job losses and are the victims of the Scottish Governments policy to maintain police officers while cutting £1.1bn from the police budget.

“Both the chief constable and Scottish Justice Secretary are hiding behind the political statement to ‘maintain 17,234 police officers’ to pretend they are meeting the public’s priorities. This means the £1.1bn police cuts will decimate civilian police staff jobs.

“We have built a modern balanced Scottish police force of hard working, high skilled civilians who are value for money and work side by side with our police officers to fight crime. Finger print officers, crime scene investigators, anti-fraud officers, intelligence analysis, forensics, legal clerical, custody officers, community safety officers, call centre staff and many more. These people have local knowledge and high technical skills and have reduced crime to its lowest level ever.  The police service will not survive this outdated political pledge, it is death by 1000 officers.”

Gerry Crawley, UNISON police staff organiser said, “These cuts will take policing back to the 1970s, which will mean 1970s levels of crime. Civilian police staff are paying the price of the £1.1bn Scottish Government cuts.

“Frankly it’s the worst gutter politics. Ministers and senior police protecting their own jobs over hard working civilian police staff who actually fight crime on our streets. Just so they can say to the public we are ‘maintaining 1000 extra police officers’. UNISON will not stand by and see our modern police force decimated like this. The public need to recognise that a £1.1bn cut means losing every civilian post in the police force. Which will mean a rise in crime.  Its politicians and top police putting their own job security over public safety.”


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