Reporting Scotland silent on Police staffing, anything


BBC UK are going heavy on this story and linking it to the PM’s pre-election promises. Surely, BBC Scotland have a responsibility to bring the Scottish Government to account on this issue in Scotland. It doesn’t have to be true. That’s never mattered for them in the past.

Oh, UK, I’ll see if I, with Ludo’s assistance, can help them out.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland. The key findings of the statistics are:

  • there were 17,256 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 30 September 2019
  • police officer numbers decreased by 3 FTE officers (-0.02%) in the last quarter from 30 June 2019
  • police officer numbers increased by 108 FTE officers (+0.6%) in the last year from 30 September 2018
  • an increase of 1,022 FTE police officers (+6.3%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007

Scotland’s police officers received a 6.5% 31-month pay deal, announced in September 2018 and described by the Scottish Police Federation as the greatest single increase in police pay for over 20 years; This compared with 2% for English and Welsh officers in 2018 and 2.5% in 2019. The basic starting salary for new constables in Scotland is £26,037, in contrast to £20,880 in England and Wales.

OK, nothing there for the wee news rodents. What about absence due to stress?


I know! What about public satisfaction with Police Scotland?


Assaults ON police officers!?


Wait! Failing to react to risk of alien attack!!!!

Where’s the editor? I’ve got something we can use. She’s away hame with a migraine?

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

2 thoughts on “Reporting Scotland silent on Police staffing, anything

  1. I’ve been hearing more and more about the ‘UK government in Scotland’ spending huge amounts on media, so took a look at their Twitter account:

    And goodness is it not all full of Bitter Together propaganda, the RAF video repeats the phrase ‘uk airspace’ so many times they can barely fit any other words in – the key point the guy seemed to be making was that Moray was a good ‘strategic location’ (glad you find use of our land handy, mate), and they didn’t mention all the hundreds of army and RAF bases they’d shut down throughout Scotland, but it’s all good for Scotland because the families occasionally go to the local shops. The ‘UK seas’ one, well that was pretty woolly, we have a lot of sea in the UK,,, they say, and it’s all great because we are Bitter Together, super glad you like having control over all our sea mate. And of course the ones where they claim Scotland is subsidised by England/UK so we NEED them, oh dear. Sure, enjoy all your asset-stripping so you can magnanimously hand a tiny portion back, thanks, really appreciated by us all, oorah bitter together.

    I think they’ve done this to counter SNP tweeting of positive things for Scotland, even though they appear to have difficulty even mentioning Scotland except in a derisory manner – nothing new. I doubt it will ever have near the same effect as our usual media outlets anyway.


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