2 March 2010

Stevenson Welcomes Latest Grampian Police Numbers

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the publication of the latest quarterly police strength figures which show that over the course of 2009, there has been an annual increase in police officers in Grampian of 62. Since the SNP Government came to power, there has been an increase of 171 officers in Grampian Police and 1,039 officers across Scotland.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“Although there is inevitably some statistical churn from quarter to quarter as officers retire and new members of the police are recruited, these latest figures are enormously positive. Since the same point in the previous year, the number of officers in Grampian Police has increased by 62, and by 171 since the SNP Government came to power.

“Nationally the increase in police officers since the 2007 election has been over 1,000, delivering on our manifesto commitment well ahead of schedule. When it comes to driving down crime and making our communities safer, there is really no substitute for putting more bobbies on the beat.

“People in Banff & Buchan are able to see a real difference in the visibility of police officers in their local communities and will welcome the progress that continues to be made with there now being 1,039 more police officers patrolling Scotland’s streets since the SNP took office.”

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