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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20190: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported comments regarding technology by the (a) chief constable that "officers and staff deserve better and it is therefore critical that [we] give them the right equipment to do their jobs properly" and (b) vice-chair of the Scottish Police Federation that officers "are spending hours of time double and triple-keying information into crime systems when [they] should be investigating the crimes instead".

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 13 December 2018

Scottish Government welcome the work underway to increase the operational capacity of Police Scotland, including through the introduction of more efficient ways of working and the recruitment of additional civilian experts to meet the changing demands faced by the service. It is for the Scottish Police Authority to prioritise its resources, in line with guidance contained within the Scottish Public Finance Manual, to ensure that police officers are provided with the appropriate equipment and tools to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.

Additional investment has been made available in the 2019-20 budget to fund further improvements to ICT infrastructure and to support Police Scotland’s efforts to introduce mobile working to police officers across the country – building on early progress to deliver the service’s Digital, Data and ICT Strategy.

This year almost £5m of the £31m reform budget is being invested in modernising the core systems used by frontline officers every day.