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Manuel Cortes gives cautious welcome to news that merger of BTP with Police Scotland is to be reviewed

28 August 2018

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes gave a cautious welcome to todays news that the merger of BTP with Police Scotland is to be reviewed.

 Said Cortes: Its good news that justice secretary Humza Yousaf has put the SNP enforced merger of BTP rail policing in Scotland with Police Scotland under review

"I hope that ‘under review’ is political speak for ‘kicked into the long grass ‘til it’s forgotten about as the bad and costly idea everyone in the rail and policing business warned.’

“But as Humza has made the announcement with the preface “Ministers remain committed to the full integration of railway policing into Police Scotland,” we can’t be sure we are out of the nationalist woods yet.

“Humza is a canny politician with much charm. And whilst I’m hoping he’s just trying to spare his predecessor Michael Mathesons blushes for committing to an idiot policy that has put the nationalist interest before the national interest, I will be seeking assurances from him, that the merger is not an option that remains on the table.”

Notes to Editors

TSSA represents civilian staff in BTP and has been at the forefront of public and political campaign to end the merger proposals.

TSSA submitted an 11k petition to Holyrood last October which was signed by Jeremy Corbyn and Andy McDonald

TSSA also coordinated political campaigning with Scottish labour, Scottish Tory MPs and Scottish Lords at Westminster

Amongst the civilian jobs carried out in BTP and represented by the TSSA are: Scenes of Crime Officer, Vulnerable Person Coordinator, Crime Prevention Design Advisor, Career Development and Talent Management Advisor, Crime and Justice Unit Manager, Crime Analysis Manager Case Progress Officer, Intelligence Unit Researcher.


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