When the old regional police forces in Scotland handed over their reigns to the supposedly super-duper new central force Police Scotland, there was a bit of a stock taking that had to be done first.
Part of that stock taking was to survey the condition of the buildings and police stations that were being handed over.
And it turns out that dozens were (and still are) crumbling to bits and are in serious need of repair.
In fact 69 buildings across the country were rated as being C which is 'poor' or D which is 'bad' and they will need millions spent on them to bring them up to scratch.
One of the worst is the national police college at Tulliallan in Fife, which is also Police Scotland’s flagship corporate HQ. How embarrassing.
Some building have asbestos while others cannot utilise modern IT systems.
Many others are in questionable condition.
Many buildings were built in the Victorian era and are not fit for purpose and cannot meet the demands of a modern police service.
OK, so we can see clearly that it's not looking good.
But, just for one moment, let's look again at the above information and instead of using it to describe police buildings, let's try using it describe Police Scotland themselves.
And here's what you get:
Police Scotland is crumbling to bits and in serious need of repair.
Police Scotland has ratings of C which is 'poor' or D which is 'bad'.
Police Scotland need millions spent on them to bring them up to scratch.
Police Scotland cannot utilise modern IT systems.
Police Scotland are in questionable condition.
Police Scotland are from the Victorian era.
Police Scotland are not fit for purpose.
Police Scotland cannot meet the demands of a modern police service.
You know that old saying about how people who are dog owners often look exactly like their dogs?
Who'd have thought that Police Scotland would be just like their buildings.