This week Neil Findlay MSP joined officers based at Livingston police station for a shift on the frontline.
This was all part of a project that gives members of parliament the opportunity to shadow officers in their daily work and see first-hand what modern day policing entails.
During the course of the day Mr. Findlay met with serving Police officers, accompanied officers on visits to residents in the community and experienced the varied and complex nature of policing in Scotland in 2019.
Police Scotland are under increasing pressure from the SNP government as the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) have repeatedly stated their budgetary settlement is not sufficient to maintain current frontline services.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“I want to thank Police Scotland and their staff for allowing me to see first-hand what they do on a day to day basis.
“Whilst this was only a brief insight into their work I found the experience invaluable and I learned a lot from it. I have a lot of issues I will now follow up on when Parliament returns in September.”