Proud of police vote (Jean Urquhart)

On Wednesday 27th June I was proud to vote for the establishment of this new service that returns powers to local communities and helps to preserve our record high numbers of police officers, placing resources where they are most needed.

In contrast to the Scottish government’s commitment to public services, the Conservative-Liberal coalition government is set to slash 16,000 officers down south, an act that the Police Federation has described as being “on the precipice of destroying” the police service in England and Wales.

Contrary to the claims of other parties, this new service does not move power away from communities. Instead, it places them in a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with their local commander, strengthening the ties between the service and the community it serves.

The fact that Shetland Islands Council, for example, must now have its approval sought on the delivery of services in Shetland is surely an improvement on the current arrangements.
I call upon people of all parties and none to help realise the potential of this new service by working with local communities to increase co-operation across all levels of government.

Jean Urquhart
SNP Highlands & Islands
List MSP
Scottish Parliament,


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  • Robert Simpson

    • June 28th, 2012 11:54

    Northern Constabulary were doing a fine job of policing Shetland, Jean, I can assure you. The best we can all hope for is that the new police force is just as good and we don’t notice any difference.

  • P. Fraser

    • June 28th, 2012 18:06

    Control of the police is now moving closer to the centre of Salmond’s web.
    Control of the police is just another step in narrowing the gap between Salmond’s brand of nationalism and fascism.


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