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Police Scotland overtime hours double to more than one million

Officers have worked more than one million hours of overtime over the last year.

Police Scotland officers have racked up 1,074,545 hours of overtime in 2021-22, more than double the previous year and representing 3.1 per cent of all the hours worked during the year. 

The force told Police Oracle that a range of factors have contributed to this, including the COP26 response, Covid, and increased retirals - in part caused by the recent changes to the pension scheme. 

A spokesperson said: “Policing is relentless and the period covered by these figures include Police Scotland’s vital role during the coronavirus pandemic and the COP26 climate change summit.

“Increased absence through the pandemic, training delays due to Covid and COP26, and increased retirals mean officer numbers are lower than they would otherwise have been.

“Right across the country, officers and staff are working incredibly hard to maintain effective policing for all our communities and the organisation is deeply grateful for all their hard work. It is important our people are rewarded for work in line with their terms and conditions.” 

Priority is currently being given to the Contact, Command and Control Division, response and public protection - alongside an active recruitment campaign. 

The figures were obtained by the Scottish Conservatives via an FOI request, with the Scottish Tory justice spokesman Jamie Greene, saying they represent the “dedication” of officers. 

He has tied it back in with the ongoing debacle over pay offers, and has said the “derisory pay offer” is an insult. 

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