29th March 2018

Plan to cut 100 police officers in Scotland

Police Scotland plans to cut the number of officers in Scotland. Financial documents propose cutting police by 100 through “freeing up” officers in back office roles, saving £2.7 million. A draft budget report going before the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board on Thursday states: “Scotland will continue to receive the same level of front line policing as it has for the past 10 years, but at a lower cost to the taxpayer.” Scottish Police Federation (SPF) vice-chairman David Hamilton criticised the proposal, questioning what constitutes a front line officer and the evidence to back up the figure of 100



Leak: SNP Government shelved railway force merger after £100m black hole identified

THE controversial merger of railway policing was shelved after Police Scotland warned of a potential pension black hole of up to £100m. SNP Ministers wanted to integrate the British Transport Police (BTP) with the single force by spring next year, but the timetable was scrapped after a critical internal report was produced on the policy’s finances, staffing and resources. The joint report by Police Scotland, the BTP and the transport force’s Authority also claimed that the amalgamation could be subject to a judicial review.



Senior watchdog members of SPA not told about whistleblower

Senior members of Scotland’s police watchdog were not made aware that a colleague had become a whistleblower on claims of a financial scandal, a tribunal has been told. Amy McDonald, 44, a finance accountability employee with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), raised a formal grievance in 2016 which flagged up concerns about payments being made to senior Police Scotland officers. However, Elaine Wilkinson, the chairwoman of the finance committee, and David Hume, chairman of the audit committee, insisted they were not informed about the claims despite the relevance to their positions.




Police officers to be cut by 100 under draft plan

The number of police officers in Scotland is to be cut to save money and redirect resources to frontline operations. Financial documents propose cutting 100 officers from back office roles, saving £2.7 million. The Police Scotland proposals are part of a ten-year plan to reduce the number of officers and tackle a spending squeeze. The plans are held in a draft budget report and will be put before the national force’s watchdog, the Scottish Police Authority. The report says: “Scotland will continue to receive the same level of frontline policing as it has for the past ten years, but at a lower cost to the taxpayer.”




Police Scotland to slash number of officers to save £2.7million

THE Scottish Police Authority plans to cut the number of police officers in Scotland. Financial documents propose cutting police by 100 through “freeing up” officers in back office roles, saving £2.7 million. In its draft budget report, the authority said this means “Scotland will continue to receive the same level of front line policing as it has for the past 10 years, but at a lower cost to the taxpayer” but the plans have been criticised by the Scottish Police Federation. SPF vice-chairman David Hamilton raised concerns about the proposal, including questioning what constitutes a front line officer and the evidence to back up the 100 figure.


RSPB told by police to stop undermining investigations

Britain’s largest conservation charity was told by police to back off from wildlife crime cases because its actions could jeopardise prosecutions, according to newly-released documents. Police had predicted the RSPB would “kick and scream” if excluded from investigations into crimes such as the suspected poisoning, trapping and shooting of birds of prey like golden eagles. However, members of a wildlife crime unit met senior officials from the charity in Edinburgh to explain that police believed it should play no further part in investigations. Discussions marked “restricted” have been released under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Police Chiefs Council.




Stand-in police chief Iain Livingstone admits he’s not sure he wants the job

STAND-IN police chief Iain Livingstone has admitted he’s not sure if he wants the job — and will have to clear it with his missus. The dad-of-three, 51, revealed he is locked in talks at home over the top cop post after Phil Gormley resigned last month. Mr Livingstone said: “I’m still having a lot of discussion with my family — wife, kids, grandchildren — like anyone there are lots of things to consider. “It was only last month that Phil Gormley resigned. I had no idea how things might resolve themselves. I’m still doing a lot of thinking.



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