Increase Road Policing Officers due to increase in Fatals

There has been an alarming increase in the number of fatal collisions in the Lothian and Borders area, specifically in East/Midlothian, West Lothian and Scottish Borders. There has been a huge reduction in the number of specialised road policing officers within this area, with a change in shift pattern. This has had a profound effect on their ability to keep people safe on our roads and I seek an active increase in the number of Road Policing Officers.

There is an alarming number of road policing officers who no longer work night shifts after 0200 hours in our local communities, our local communities are covered by the Trunk Roads who are often short staffed and are based at Dalkeith, Stirling & Perth in the East Command Area.

Increase the number of our road policing officers to enable them to actively decrease the number of persons killed or seriously injured on our roads.

Why the contribution is important

The Scottish Government has set a 40% decrease in the number of person killed on our roads due in 2020. I believe we are still 10% away from this figure with 4 years left, this does not include the KSI states for 2015 and to meet this target you will have to increase the number of road policing officers. Each life lost on our roads is ultimately one that could be saved with education. We no longer have road safety officers within the legacy Lothian and Borders area so passing on the road safety message with no road safety officers and lack of road policing officers is presenting difficulties

by ross2701 on December 23, 2015 at 09:13AM

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  • Posted by bwrichard February 19, 2016 at 22:39

    Agree - the police seem to rely on speed cameras, which don't detect the many people I see daily using their hand held mobile phones with impunity. Not to mention the many blatant example of bad driving which occur at speeds well under the signposted limit, and hence not catchable by the expensive and counter-productive cameras.
  • Posted by cmf290 March 24, 2016 at 19:48

    1. Maintain the current Police budget.
    2. Allow the Chief Constable to set the number of Police officers he requires to meet his targets.

    This will allow Police officers to return to front line jobs instead of having to backfill posts previously occupied by Polices civilian staff (who cost considerably less than experienced officer) who have been made redundant to reduce costs.

    Please not that as Police officers cannot be made redundant, the only way a Chief Constable can meet the savings targets set is to allow civilian staff to leave and backfill their posts with Police officers.

    Let the Chief Constable do his job efficiently by managing his staff in the most effective way possible.
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