It’s funny but just wait.
Early this morning:
‘Scottish Labour is claiming the national police is getting what it calls ‘a raw deal’ from the Scottish Government on funding with spending on equipment lagging well behind other UK forces. Using figures from the House of Commons Library, Labour says Police Scotland has the fifth lowest level of capital funding of all the UK’s forces.’
What, are they saying Scottish Labour actually read stuff from a library? Aye right. Wait, maybe they have a wee pal working there? What does that remind me of?
I can’t quickly find the source (I doubt David would help) so here are the main points from ITV:
Figures obtained by Scottish Labour from the House of Commons library show that out of 42 police forces across the UK in 2017-2018, Police Scotland was fifth from bottom for capital investment funding.
The statistics put total capital expenditure at £34.1 million for the force – working out at £1,526 for each of Police Scotland’s 22,370 employees.
Police Scotland is second only to the Metropolitan Police in the UK for staff numbers, with a total of 39,733 people employed by the London force.
The Met has total capital expenditure of £431.4 million, with an expenditure of £1,857 per employee.
West Midlands is the third largest UK force, and it had an expenditure of £1,759 per each of its 10,375 employees, totalling £18.2 million.
Needless to say, ITV’s journos didn’t spot it. I hope you have.
The reason that capital expenditure in Scotland is relatively low per head of officer in Scotland is because we have far more police officers per head of population and, at least in part because of that, we have far less crime! Duuuh! Capital expenditure is not based on how many police officers you have but on the population of the country or region. If they’d thought to work out the capital expenditure per head of population of the whole country, that might have been more useful, if kind of pointless.
See these for evidence: