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Current Situation “Unstable” for Police Scotland

A watchdog has warned that the current situation of Police Scotland is unstable and has warned that a drop in the number of skilled staff could result in an increase in crime.

In its 2014/15 report, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) said there has been “reductions in skilled police staff, increases in overtime and increased use of officers in corporate functions” over the last year.

The watchdog warned that the situation is “not sustainable in the medium to long-term” with the group also warning that the police force in Scotland faced a major financial crisis. This came despite an increase in the amount of cuts across the force in the last year, amounting to up to £130 million.

The news regarding the financial issues comes after a separate report from Audit Scotland warned that Police Scotland the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) could be left with a £85m funding gap by 2018/19.

HM inspector of constabulary Derek Penman said the force has performed well in challenging circumstances.

He said: “It has been a challenging year for both Police Scotland and the SPA and, the fact that such positive performance has been delivered, is testimony to the leadership and commitment of staff at all levels of the service.

“It also compares favourably with other European jurisdictions where police reform has coincided with a drop in performance.”

Crime Rising in Scotland

The news regarding the financial difficulties and loss of skilled personnel comes following statistics that showed that serious crimes such as assault and other violent crimes have been rising in Scotland. The news regarding violent crime comes after years of decline in such categories. Last year there was a slight increase in “Group one” offences such as assaults and robberies. Serious assaults were up 18% in the last year while crimes such as sexual assault and domestic violence offences also rose.

Despite the criticism regarding the rise in the number of crimes, Police Scotland have stated that the vast majority of crimes have risen due to increased performance of staff and detection rates.

Police Scotland’s Quarterly Performance Report read: “The number of domestic abuse incidents recorded within Scotland decreased at the end of second quarter compared with the same period previous year by 5.3 per cent (1,625 incidents).

“There are varying local reasons for this but there is a widespread acknowledgement that one common factor is the effect of the implementation across Scotland of the Domestic Abuse Toolkit.

“Police Scotland’s detection rate for domestic abuse crimes and offences increased by 1.2 per cent to 83 per cent compared to the same period previous year.”

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