27 November 2010

Stevenson Welcomes Commitment To Keep Extra Police


Banff & Buchan SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed comments made in the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee indicating that ACPOS (the Association of Chief Police Officers) will commit to maintaining the extra 1000 police officers put in place under the SNP Government, of which 183 are in Grampian.

Speaking on behalf of ACPOS, Chief Constable David Strang of Lothian & Borders Police said that “if we are required to maintain police numbers then that will be done.”

Since the SNP came to power in 2007 crime has fallen by 30% and police numbers have risen from 1374 to 1557 across Grampian.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“It is very encouraging news that the additional 1000 police put on our streets under the SNP Government look set to stay.

“The safety of our communities is of paramount importance and the extra 183 police officers in Grampian have made a major contribution to the 30% drop in crime since the SNP came to power.

“The SNP has put funding from Government in place to ensure local authorities have the ability to limit the impact of Westminster cuts on Scotland’s police. While police boards had made predictions of a 10% cut this year, the actual fall will only be 2.6% because of the priority the SNP has given to making Scotland safer.

“Across Scotland crime is at a 30 year low and this drastic fall in crime highlights the importance of maintaining these officers.”
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