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

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 ...

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 ...

MSP e-briefing – Scottish Budget – Feb 2016

MSPe-briefing - Scottish Budget - Feb 2016 Budget Bill – an opportunity to combat austerity Feb 2016 Introduction This briefing ...

Response to SPA Review of Police Governance Dec 2015

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UNISON Scotland Submission to the Review of Governance of the Scottish Police Authority December 2015 ...

Community Justice (Scotland) Bill 2015

Community Justice (Scotland) Bill 2015
UNISON Scotland responded to the consultation on “Redesigning the Community Justice System” in April 2013 in which we supported Option ...

Civilianisation of Police in Scotland – Stewart Report update March 2013

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This report on 'Civilianisation of Police in Scotland' commissioned by UNISON Scotland from consultants Stewart Research (a follow-on from earlier ...

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