COMMENT FROM DONALD CAMERON ON AUDIT SCOTLAND FINDINGS ON POLICE SCOTLAND

Commenting on the £50m black hole faced by Police Scotland , Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: “It is deeply alarming that Audit Scotland says that Police Scotland requires a £50m cash injection in order to prevent the loss of no fewer than 750 police officers."

“On no account must the Highlands and Islands lose members of its overstretched police force due to this mismanagement by the SNP Government.  A visible and active police presence is incredibly important for our communities which have always considered their local police officers to be part and parcel of everyday life."

“In recent years we've seen a catalogue of errors from the SNP who have arrogantly dismissed all warnings about their police reforms such as the botched merger of our once-proud regional police forces, the aborted attempt to hive off the Scottish element of the British Transport Police into Police Scotland, and successive Chief Constables coming and going as if through a revolving door."

“Once again a crucial public service, important to so many local people, has been neglected by an SNP Government obsessed by independence.”