The proposed cuts in police officers and civilian staff are extremely concerning, says Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie.
Central Scotland Police has revealed that in one planned scenario it could cut 194 police officers and 180 civilian staff as the force strives to save £11.6m by 2015 – 23% of the current number of police officers and 47% of civilian staff.
“With cuts this severe, I am worried that public safety could be jeopardised. It certainly won’t be possible to maintain anything like the current level and style of policing.”
“Police budgets have been under increasing pressure over the last three years, and despite the Scottish Government being warned about this by senior officers over the last year or more, it has failed to address the problem.
“Cuts in support staff will inevitably mean those police officers who remain will spend less time on the beat.”
Cathy is to meet Chief Constable Kevin Smith to discuss the looming crisis.
The Scottish Government has admitted that current plans will cut almost 4,000 NHS jobs this year, including over 1,500 nurses.
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has expressed concern about the increase in racist incidents recorded by police in Central Scotland.
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has tabled a motion calling on the Scottish Parliament to address the issue of 21 missing women MSPs.
Cathy explained that “this year’s Equality and Human Rights Commission report looks at the underrepresentation of women amongst senior public sector posts.
“There are very few senior women police officers or judges. Less than one in seven Scottish MPs are women. The Scottish Parliament does slightly better, but even here, numbers fell at the last election. Labour has 50% women MSPs – but other parties remain male dominated, with the SNP and Tories both less than 30% and the Liberals only 12.5%. Add to that, two Green men and Margo Macdonald, and the total is 45 women, less than 35% of the 129 MSPs..
“The report looks at how many women are missing – that is, how many more would have positions if there were equality. So for example, there are 130 women missing from public appointments, and 85 missing women headteachers in secondary schools. In parliament, we are missing 10 SNP, 6 Liberal Democrats, 4 Conservatives, and a Green – 21 women MSPs.
“This year is the 90th anniversary of women getting the vote, and eighty years since full equality in voting was achieved, but we are still far from equal in the political process.
“I believe that politicians have a duty to address the underrepresentation of women, not least in their own parties. I hope MSPs – men and women – will sign this motion and that we can get a debate in parliament, but it must not end there. We need to be proactive in making sure women are fairly represented and given truly equal opportunities in their careers.”
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