The Glasgow Herald suggests that because police officers can't be made redundant (is this true?) the only way to make real savings is to stop recruitment and wait for retiring or resigning officers to drop off the other end - a process that won't produce overnight reductions.
The option that police bosses are determined to ignore is one that will improve the standards of local policing even as force reductions are rolled out.
Scotland's coppers, like England's, spend 95% of their time on call-outs to disturbances, road accidents, dealing with drunks, domestic burglaries, drug offences, road traffic offences, patrolling city centre drinking hotspots, dealing with shoplifters and the like. There is absolutely no benefit to be had from national control of police doing this work, and many substantial disbenefits. The bulk of bread-and-butter police work can be better managed, controlled and directed locally by independent, small, local forces. Indeed, the increase in efficiency resulting from local control will outweigh any overall reduction in police numbers.
Anti-terrorist work, forensics, international intelligence and surveillance, serious and organised crime work and the like, on the other hand, is best organised and resourced at a Scotland-wide level by highly specialist police working closely with the security services, under the direction of the Scottish Government's Home Secretary equivalent.
These apparent truths, however, are simply denied and ignored by Scotland's police chiefs as antithetical to their own very selfish interests.
It's worth watching how this plays out in Scotland - for England will be next.