19 October 2009

Stevenson Hails SNP Investment In Police As Grampian Reaches Record Force Strength

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the news that Grampian Police numbers are set to pass the 1,600 officer mark for the first time in the force’s history. Before May 2007, the SNP promised to increase police numbers on Scotland’s streets by 1,000 officers and earlier this year that target was met ahead of schedule.

On Wednesday (21 October) a further 11 officers will be sworn in to Grampian police, taking the force strength to 1,604.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“I am delighted that Grampian Police are set to put a record number of officers on the streets of our communities, making Banff & Buchan safer through detecting and deterring crime.

“This latest milestone further demonstrates the SNP Government’s continued commitment to protecting communities and fighting crime in Banff & Buchan. There is simply no substitute for putting more bobbies on the beat and ensuring that the police have a more visible presence on our streets when it comes to driving down crime.

“Crime across Scotland is being driven down and clearly the substantial increase in police numbers has contributed massively to this. The SNP are delivering on our election promises for people in Banff & Buchan and the outstanding efforts of the ever increasing number of police officers are making our communities safer places to live. Local residents are seeing a real difference in their areas and previous opposition scaremongering now looks simply ridiculous.”

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