Jenny Marra : Cutting Police Support Staff is a "False Economy"

26 January 2012

Commenting on reports from UNISON Scotland that as many as 2,000 police staff jobs are under

immediate threat as a result of SNP budget cuts, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Jenny Marra MSP, said:

"What the SNP must realise is that cutting police support staff is a false economy.

"We all want to see more police officers in Scotland, but they should be out on the beat, not stuck behind a desk doing jobs previously done by specialist support staff who have been sacked by the SNP.

"Scottish Labour is calling for the SNP government to conduct an independent audit of how many police officers have been taken off the beat as result of SNP cuts, so we can ensure the new single force has the right blend of officers and support staff."



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