Police mergers ‘will see more police on the streets’

Possible mergers of police divisions will see more front line police on the streets, an SNP MSP said this week.

Stuart McMillan: "This is something we can all welcome."
Stuart McMillan: “This is something we can all welcome.”

Stuart McMillan met Divisional Commander Alan Speirs to discuss the proposals for the possible restructuring of the policing of the Argyll and Bute, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire areas.

Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie had revealed the plans, saying it was ‘simply unacceptable’ and would have a ‘profound effect’ on local services.

But Mr McMillan, a list MSP for the West of Scotland area, was more positive about the news.

“The meeting with the Divisional Commander was useful and he indicated to me that Police Scotland are at the early stages of consultation on possible restructuring of policing,” he said

“I was informed that Police Scotland are looking for people to become further engaged in the process and make their views known regarding policing.

“I’m pleased to learn that with the proposals they expect even greater numbers of front line police officers will be deployed on our streets. That is something I’m sure we can all welcome.”