unisonpolicestaffscotlandballoonPolice staff work in a variety of roles from 999 call handler to forensic technicians, from detention officers to crime and incident advisors. All play a vital role in cutting crime as part of a modern, balanced police force.

But the Scottish Government is cutting £1.1 billion from police budgets by 2026 – and the protection of police officer numbers means that police staff like control room operators, crime analysts, and criminal justice staff are losing their jobs. UNISON believes we need a modern, balanced police team – with the right people doing the right jobs – for a better, safer Scotland.

Latest news

Police Scotland building sales about balancing books not improving service says staff union.

Police staff trade union UNISON has described Police Scotland plans to sell off a range of buildings across Scotland as ... Read More

End Police Scotland role in Colombia

#STUC22 Congress condemned the widespread human rights abuses and state atrocities in Colombia. UNISON's emergency motion focused on the role ... Read More

UNISON Week 297 – Plug the gap & more

UNISON Week 297 - our new campaign to protect public services and those who deliver them.  Read full newsletter here ... Read More

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Latest documents

UNISON Submission to Policing Sub Cttee capital resourcing inquiry (Post Budget)

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After police stations began to literally fall apart last year, Holyrood's Justice Committee began an inquiry into capital spending in ...

Briefing 113 Draft Budget 2020-21

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The Scottish Government draft budget for 2020/21 has been published. The spending total amounts to a real terms increase of ...

Local Governance Review Events

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The Scottish government and COSLA launched a Local Governance Review in December 2017. This is a review of all public ...

Post Legislative Scrutiny of Police & Fire Reform

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This is the UNISON Scotland response to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee's call for written views on Post Legislative Scrutiny ...

Policing in Scotland 2026 UNISON response – May 2017

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UNISON Scotland Response to Consultation on Policing 2026: Serving a changing Scotland Police Scotland & Scottish Police Authority May 2017 Introduction ...

Police Budget Inquiry – Nov 2016

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This is the UNISON Scotland evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Sub-Committee on Policing inquiry into financial planning for 2017/18 ...

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