PUBLISHED 22 JULY 2016
A spokesman for the Scottish Police Authority said:
“It is a priority for the SPA and Police Scotland that officers are well-equipped for the important day to day job they undertake. The advent of the single service has allowed necessary equipment for police officers and staff, like uniforms, protective equipment and vehicles, to be procured centrally for the use of officers across the whole country and at best value for the taxpayer.
“The SPA works with Police Scotland to assess the future demands on policing to ensure that every opportunity is taken to support our workforce with the very best training and equipment, making the job easier and more efficient so that they continue to deliver a high-quality service to the public. While policing has had a strong financial settlement in the coming year, there remain ongoing financial challenges to address, as there are for every public service, and it is important that all officers and staff play a part in meeting those. But we do not recognise the picture that these assertions from the SPF seem to be trying to paint.”