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.

For more news see the UNISON Police Staff Scotland website.

Latest news

UNISON Week Newsletter 254 – Climate Change Bill, Police Staff Scotland, Cornerstone…. and more

Our weekly newsletter covering Stage 1 Debate: Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, Police Staff Scotland, Cornerstone.... and more  ... Read More

£56 million shortfall for Police Scotland capital projects

UNISON Police Staff Scotland, the branch of the trade union that represents police staff in Scotland, estimates there is a ... Read More

UNISON – Scottish government must act as public service workers face more than 40,000 violent incidents every year

Public services union UNISON has called for action from the Scottish Government to “end the aggro” faced by council and ... Read More

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Latest documents

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Briefing 079 Bargaining – Police Best Value – July 2016

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KEY POINTS: Police Scotland is failing to provide Best Value because of unrealistic targets to maintain an arbitrary minimum number ...
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A balanced workforce for policing that delivers

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Since the establishment of Police Scotland police staff have borne the brunt of a process of centralisation, budget cuts and ...
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