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TSSA welcomes new Scottish Chief Constable and warns BTP merger unworkable

17 August 2018

Commenting on Ian Livingston’s appointment as the new Chief Constable for Police Scotland Manuel Cortes said, “We congratulate Ian Livingstone on his appointment. He has a lot of challenges ahead of him, but surely the biggest is integration with British Transport Police

“This is a burden no incoming Chief Constable – or Chief Executive – would want. A unworkable and unnecessary merger which has been forced on the police forces against their own advice for purely political reasons.

“Nothing about this merger is straightforward. Over a year since the act was pushed through in Holyrood and the two forces haven’t been able to agree arrangements for IT, Pensions, career development or terms and conditions after the merger.

“And if Livingstone does manage to square the circle and get the merger to go through he will face an unprecedented staffing crisis as a third of staff and officers are planning to leave British Transport Police in the event of it becoming part of Police Scotland.

“Police Scotland needs time and stability to resolve the issues resulting from its formation from the seven regional Scottish police forces. Rail passengers and staff need to know their safety is assured. The merger has already experienced severe delays, time to put us all out of our misery and cancel it altogether.”


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