Rhoda Grant hits out saying Police Scotland is not funded properly
Rhoda Grant MSP said there were no winners in the situation in which Police Scotland chief constable Sir Stephen House is having to stand down.
The Highlands and Islands MSP added: “This is a situation which could have been avoided had Nicola Sturgeon’s government ensured the force was adequately funded, instead of imposing swingeing cuts as the service was centralised and merged into one.
“Sir Stephen House is to be commended on his work to eradicate violence against women, making tackling crimes such as domestic abuse and rape a priority. The momentum that he started must be continued to ensure we live in an equal society where everyone is protected by the law enforcement agencies.”
She stressed the importance of whoever succeeds Stephen House being properly supported by the SNP government and allowed to do the job they are paid to do, which is keeping our communities safe, instead of being left to carry the can for the Scottish Government’s failings.
Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman Graeme Pearson, a former Deputy Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and former Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, said stepping down and he thanked Sir Stephen on behalf of Scottish Labour.
“However, we know the problems in Police Scotland extend far beyond the Chief Constable. It was only a few weeks ago that the First Minister gave her full backing to the Chief Constable and now the SNP Government can no longer hide behind him.
“Police Scotland has had to endure months of controversy which has seriously damaged public confidence in the police service. This could have been avoided if Ministers had taken responsibility.
Mr Pearson said even now it isn’t too late for Nicola Sturgeon and her “invisible” Justice Minister to get a grip.
“Police Scotland has been an organisation without proper oversight for too long, and has had to endure cuts from the SNP Government which have left the force under resourced and over worked.
“Officers and staff work round the clock to keep people safe. The controversy of this summer has dragged their reputation unfairly through the mud. The process of reforming Police Scotland can begin now if the SNP Government are willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.”