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Justice Committee 1

The president of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland told the Justice Committee police were "committed to reform and on track to deliver" but they would face "significant challenges" and "difficult decisions".

Chief Constable Kevin Smith was giving evidence as the committee scrutinised the Scottish government's Draft Budget 2013-14 on 23 October 2012.

Chief Constable Smith said there was concern about cuts to police staff jobs and that backfilling these posts with police officers was "something we want to avoid" as it would be an "unnecessarily expensive option".

MSPs also quizzed Doug Cross from the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland; Chief Superintendent David O'Connor, the president of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents; Calum Steele from the Scottish Police Federation and Dave Watson from Unison Scotland.

The second part of the committee can be viewed below:

Justice Committee 2

Justice Committee membership


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