Joint statement on police reform

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A joint statement¬†from the Chief Constables of Grampian, Northern and Dumfries and Galloway forces asserts that a single police force would be a “step too far”. Commenting after the statement, Community Safety Minister and SNP candidate for Inverness & Nairn Fergus Ewing, said: “The SNP Government issued the consultation on reform options with the aim of securing consensus – which the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents who support a single force, and the Scottish Police Federation who voted against it, and many others, are engaging in very constructively.

“The existing eight-force structure is abitrary – and the SNP’s priority is bobbies not boundaries so that we protect the 1,000 extra police we have delivered, and invest in frontline policing rather than replicating eight back office functions. The appropriate time to decide on whether the reform option should be a regional structure of three or four, or one force, is once all the evidence and views have been received in response to the consultation.”