4th June 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

4th June 2019

The Scottish Police Federation today told Parliament just how badly some of the force’s operational buildings are falling into disrepair due to a lack of funding.

The Justice Sub-Committee heard how some of the conditions officers were forced to work were a “complete and utter embarrassment” – and that this is having an effect on the forces’ operational efficiency.

One particular building that is in dire needs of maintenance and repair is Paisley, where the Scottish Police Federation said that the office “is basically held together by yellow and black tape.”

The committee promised they would feedback to Ministers as they were also told how a severe lack of funding had resulted in officers being forced to reside in buildings that did not even hold the proper licensing.

The Federation said that significant holes in funding had also led to officers operating with outdated equipment, including a lack of IT and the absence of showering facilities at some stations.

Some buildings have also become so run-down that water has been reported to be leaking in and around electrical outlets and stairwells.

The Federation remarked how most of the phones that people carry in their pockets are more advanced than the equipment that Scotland’s officers are forced to work with.

Despite this, the Parliamentary committee remarked what a good job officers had done notwithstanding the current circumstances the force faces. See MoreSee Less

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