6 May 2014

Stevenson Welcomes Continued Commitment to 1000 Extra Police

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed figures released today which shows that the SNP’s commitment when it took office in 2007 to 1,000 extra police officers continues to be exceeded.

The latest quarterly strength statistics show that there were 17,244 police officers on March 31, 2014, an increase of 6.2 per cent or 1,010 officers since March 31, 2007.

Welcoming the figures, Mr Stevenson said:

“I’m very pleased that the SNP Scottish Government is continuing to meet that important commitment to having 1000 extra police officers than when we took office.

“For communities in the North-east this means a greater sense of well being and a much reduced risk of being a victim of criminal activity.

“The SNP remains focussed on preventative spend. By maintaining investment in frontline policing, crime has been driven down, which reduces the impact on other frontline services, such as courts, support for victims of crime, criminal justice social work and health services.”

Commenting on the figures, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:

“This Government has worked to protect police numbers and keep our streets safe and this has contributed to an almost 40 year low in recorded crime.

“I am proud that we have continued to keep our commitment to put 1,000 additional officers in communities and extra officers are already being recruited ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

“Meanwhile in England and Wales officer numbers are expected to drop by more than 15,000 in total with numbers now at their lowest level in 11 years.

“We have always said that police numbers will fluctuate and this publication shows they are moving towards 1,000, continuing to exceed the target while keeping costs down. Alongside Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, we are strongly committed to delivering 1,000 extra officers.

“The creation of Police Scotland and the SPA has allowed local policing to prosper with officers dedicated solely to local policing in each Division supported by specialist services and the ability to allocate additional police officers in every area where and when they are needed."

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