POLICE Scotland has spent Â£ 19.7million paying workers over the past six years, we can reveal.
Figures show that at least 36 employees were paid more than Â£ 100,000 in golden goodbye during this period.
A whopping Â£ 17.2million was shared by 385 of them from 2015 to 2019, five of which grossed more than Â£ 200,000.
And in the past two years, the force has spit out more than Â£ 2.5million at voluntarily laid-off or early-retiree employees.
It is about the fact that the top ranks are expected to save Â£ 1.9bn by 2028 by cutting around 2,000 employees, reducing senior ranks and selling buildings.
The windfall for ex-cops and civilian aides has been castigated by Taxpayers Alliance campaign leader Danielle Boxall.
She said: “Most hard-pressed taxpayers could only dream of something like these police payments.”
And shadow conservative justice secretary Jamie Greene also criticized the statistics, released under freedom of information laws.
He said: “This money could have been used to give a much needed boost to the number of officers.”
Two years ago, the Scottish government capped exit payments from decentralized bodies at Â£ 95,000.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: âThe creation of a national service has kept local police responsive and visible.
âTransforming our services comes at a cost. But the police are reporting significant savings to the public purse. “
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