A UNION representative for backroom police staff will today tell MSPs that the Government's policies are "economic madness".
A UNION representative for backroom police staff will today tell MSPs that the Government's policies are \"economic madness\".
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Dave Watson, of Unison, will tell Holyrood's Justice Committee that artificially maintaining 2000 police officers for the sake of an electoral pledge will lead to the loss of 3200 police support staff.
He will say: "Taking trained operational police officers off the streets to perform administrative or specialist tasks – at greater cost – is economic madness. It is also contrary to the Best Value provisions in the Act. This will return the police service in Scotland to almost the 1980s, with inefficient and outdated police practice."
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