South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has said the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland must rectify what he has described as a significant breakdown in relationship with staff.
It follows the decision by the trade union UNISON to hold a ballot on strike action over concerns about the closure of some police control rooms and the removal of counter services.
In the Borders, counter services are being withdrawn in Lauder, Melrose, Coldstream and Selkirk.
Across the south of Scotland, front desks are being shut at 14 stations and reduced to part time at another while one control room is being closed.
The Lib Dem MSP commented: “This unprecedented breakdown in relations is a stark reminder of the corrosive impact centralising police reforms have had on the morale of police staff across south Scotland.
“The SNP’s rushed reforms and unrealistic savings targets mean Dumfries police control room will close with scores of police counters across south Scotland closing their doors to the public. Police staff are being handed compulsory redundancies in all but name.
“As Police Scotland moves towards an enforcement-led mode of policy, civilian staff are feeling increasingly undervalued.
“The Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland have clearly failed to recognise the depth of anger and frustration amongst staff. They must do all they can to rectify that now.”