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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06476: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 24 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what schemes it has considered for increasing recruitment of prison officers.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 7 February 2017

SPS attracts highly skilled and motivated individuals and with high levels of interest our approach has proved to be very successful.

SPS use a variety of advertising approaches to increase the diversity of their applicant pool. Approaches include, engagement with higher and further education, close working with armed forces careers partners as well as local/national media advertising.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) does not have an issue with recruitment and retention of Prison Officers. SPS receive on average 1,600 applications for the role of Prison Officer each year with around 150 available jobs.

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows: