North East MSP Alison McInnes has voiced concern at the demise of local policing in Scotland.
The Ellon-based Liberal Democrat, who is also her party’s justice spokesperson, said: “For Scottish Liberal Democrats, the question at the heart of the reform debate has always been should our police services be run locally, guided by democratically elected representatives, with checks and balances to prevent the abuse of the singular powers that any police force has, or should it be run nationally by unelected people appointed by the government of the day?”
She added: ““In place of real local democracy, Scotland will have a central authority with a direct link to ministers in St Andrews House. I am sure that will concern the majority of people who value local democracy.”
The new force officially took over operations on Monday, April 1.