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?