Po­lice face chal­lenges from cen­tral­i­sa­tion

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, New fig­ures have shown that the num­ber of griev­ances made by po­lice of­fi­cers to their bosses in the past year has dou­bled.

In 2016/17, 29 of­fi­cers lodged for­mal com­plaints with Po­lice Scot­land, com­pared to just 14 the pre­vi­ous year, and only seven in 2014/15.

And when the statis­tics in­clude griev­ances sub­mit­ted by other staff, the to­tal num­ber for last year in­creases to 59, which is 10 more than in 2015/16 and con­sid­er­ably higher than the 32 made three years ago.

The statis­tics were ob­tained by the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives through Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion. Shadow Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Liam Kerr said the fig­ures pointed to a de­crease in morale among of­fi­cers as Po­lice Scot­land con­tin­ues to be hit by neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity.

This dou­bling of griev­ances goes to show how morale is suf­fer­ing at Po­lice Scot­land.

It is well known that our po­lice take risks most of us never have to think about.

Our po­lice de­serve bet­ter than this con­stant cen­tral­i­sa­tion ob­ses­sion and in­dif­fer­ence to the chal­lenges fac­ing our po­lice by the SNP. Coun­cil­lor Alas­tair Red­man, Isle of Is­lay.

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