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McINNES: POLICE NUMBERS DON’T TELL THE WHOLE STORY

March 5, 2013 5:04 PM

Commenting as figures published today show that the Scottish Government has exceeded its police officer target, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said: "While it's good news that police numbers remain high, they don't tell the whole story.

"Budget cuts mean that more officers are being taken off their beats in order to fulfil civilian roles. Kenny MacAskill's arbitrary '1000 extra officers' pledge is simply placing handcuffs on the chief constable as he tries to manage the transition to a single force."

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