Date lodged: 20 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment by an employment judge that Police Scotland is operating at "the minimum level of staffing for safety", as reported in The Herald on 20 November 2018.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 11 December 2018
The management of resources, including staffing levels, is a matter for the Chief Constable. The Scottish Government is supporting Police Scotland by protecting the police resource budget in real terms in every year of this Parliament – a boost of £100 million by 2021. We have also ensured that policing will fully benefit from being able to reclaim VAT of around £25 million a year, previously paid to the UK Government.
As of 30 September 2018 Police Scotland had 17,147 police officers, 913 more than the figure inherited in 2007 (+5.6 per cent). This contrasts with a decrease of 19,588 (-13.8 per cent) from March 2007 to March 2018 in England and Wales.