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Wednesday 30th January 2013 | 15:54
SNP press release
Fresh moves to undermine the police south of the border are the latest demonstration of the difference in approaches between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Plans have been unveiled to directly recruit senior police officers in England and Wales from other sectors, instead of requiring candidates to have built up experience as serving police officers. The move comes as part of the deeply unpopular Winsor package of reforms which is also slashing pay and conditions for police officers south of the border.
The SNP Government has made it consistently clear that it will not implement the changes to policing taking place in England and Wales which will only serve to damage the police and undermine their efforts to protect communities in Scotland.
Commenting, SNP MSP Sandra White who sits on the Justice Committee said:
“This latest move is simply the latest example of the contrast in approaches between Westminster and the Scottish Government.
“While in Scotland the SNP Government values and supports the incredible lengths that police officers go to in order to protect our communities, the Westminster Government seems determined to undermine the police south of the border at every turn.
“Westminster’s Winsor package is utterly wrongheaded and is no way to treat police officers who risk their lives to protect us and drive down crime. While in Scotland we respect and appreciate the experience that police officers develop over a career in our communities, it seems Westminster simply does not.
“Scotland will not go down the path that Westminster is embarking on which will only undermine morale in the police in England and Wales, undermining their efforts to protect communities.
“With the powers that we already have, the Scottish Government is reflecting the priorities of people in Scotland and protecting both frontline police numbers and the pay and conditions of police officers.
“These are the kind of values we can do more to uphold with the full powers of an independent Scotland, following a Yes vote in next year’s referendum.”