More than 500 police officers redeployed as Covid rise strains services

Over 300 officers from specialist functions throughout Scotland will support colleagues in local policing on a temporary basis.

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The number of officers being deployed by Police Scotland in local policing divisions is to be increased in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 300 officers from specialist functions throughout Scotland will support colleagues in local policing on a temporary basis from Monday, January 10.

A total of 258 probationary constables, currently undergoing training at the Scottish Police College, will also be deployed.

Assistant chief constable Alan Speirs explained the impact of the Omicron variant upon Police Scotland.

“We are working hard to maximise the availability of officers and staff in frontline duties to ensure that we continue to provide a highly effective policing service to our local communities,” he said.

“Omicron is having a significant effect on the country and Police Scotland is included in that. The welfare of our officers and staff is paramount and has been throughout the pandemic.

“As a national service we can quickly flex resources and move people to where they are needed and respond to increased demand and high absence levels.

“By deploying these extra resources we can support local policing and keep people safe during this critical time.”

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