Liberal Democrats call for halt to merger of British Transport Police

21st August 2018

The new Chief Constable, Iain Livingstone, should be allowed to make it his first task to halt the merger of British Transport Police into Police Scotland, according to local Liberal Democrats. The Party believe it is time to learn lessons from the botched merged of the ormer 8 police forces into Police Scotland.

Rutherglen South Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown said:

“The new Chief Constable has a lot of unfinished business on his desk after the numerous problems surrounding the setting up of Police Scotland. The SNP Justice Secretary needs to stop the politically-motivated merger with the British Transport Police – it is the last thing the new Chief Constable needs and it should be scrapped.

The take over of the Scottish arm of the British Transport Police is a deeply flawed project for which there has never been a business case. Iain Livingstone has already had to tell the SNP government that their original merger plan could not have gone ahead “without compromising public safety.”

I have always been sceptical about the value of many of the centralisation projects the SNP Government seem to like. I don’t accept that Ministers in Edinburgh are best placed to direct local services. The problems of the police centralisation are now built into the organisation. It is time for an Independent expert Commission to recommend reforms and repair the damage.”

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