MSP brands police move ‘mean spirited’

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Scottish Lib Dem justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has branded Police Scotland as ‘mean spirited’ after it emerged that the were slashing money they make available to Special Constables.

A leaked email revealed that police chiefs plan to halve the recognition award paid to Special Constables – and scrap it altogether for new recruits.

Calling for the decision to be reversed, Mrs McInnes said: “The Government forced through their police reforms claiming they would save millions of pounds.

“Now it seems that police chiefs are trying to make some of those savings through an attack on those who give up their own free time to help the force.

“Special Constables are vital to the way our police work. They are volunteers, giving up their own time to work alongside full-time officers. They bring their own particular skills and expertise, and they bring a wealth of local knowledge. In our newly centralised force, that local knowledge is more vital than ever.”

The North East MSP explained: “This is nothing more than mean-spirited penny-pinching. Those responsible should take a long, hard look at their priorities for policing. They need to think again about making this shameful cut.”