25 police service posts lost in Dundee in the past 6 months

Lesley Brennan

9 November 2013

Councillor Lesley Brennan has responded to figures obtained in a Freedom of Information request showing that, in the past 6 months since Police Scotland was created, the police service in Dundee has lost 25 posts.

In the Dundee Area Command, 11 police officers have left for reasons other than retirement.

A further 14 police support staff have departed -  7 on the grounds on early retirement and 7 taking voluntary redundancy.

Councillor Brennan said,

“Local policing will suffer from reductions in the number of police officers and police support staff.

“The departure of police officers means that their years of experience is lost to the service.

“ It means also that the work of professional support staff will be carried out by police officers who should be working in their communities instead."

"Police Scotland are being ordered by the Scottish Government to make cuts of over £60 million this year.

"While the Scottish Government has declared that police officer numbers will remain unchanged, Police Scotland are having great difficulty in maintaining these numbers under budgets allocated to them by the Scottish Government.

"As a result the number of police support staff is being cut severely and more and more of their work will be taken over by police officers acting as 'backroom bobbies'.

"This makes no sense for police officers, police support staff, nor for policing in the community.”