Sunday, 8 June 2008

Saints And Spinners.

"SCOTLAND'S police spend around £3 million a year on an army of spin doctors, a Sunday Mail probe has discovered. The teams of mostly civilian PR staff cost taxpayers the same as 160 new officers pounding the beat. Scotland's largest force, Strathclyde Police, headed by chief constable Steve House, employ 49 people in corporate communications. The annual £1.4million budget is equivalent to nearly 64 constables."

It makes you wonder why the cops need all of these PR people to get their message across when the public are naturally predisposed to the police view on so many issues. But it puts the previous commitments of the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police to get more cops back on the beat into some kind of perspective. If the Chief had fewer "communications" officers he could put a lot more officers back on the beat.

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