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04/06/13 10:14

Police numbers at all-time high

Commitment for 1,000 extra officers in communities exceeded.

The number of police officers in Scotland is at an all-time high, figures have revealed today.

The latest quarterly strength statistics show that there were 17,496 police officers on March 31, 2013, an increase of 7.8 per cent or 1,262 officers since March 31, 2007.

Commenting on the figures, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:

“This Government is continuing to deliver on our commitment to put 1,000 additional police officers in communities and police numbers in Scotland are now at a record high.

“This visible police presence has contributed to reducing the recorded crime rate to its lowest level for 37 years.

“We have pledged to protect police posts and frontline police services, and although the numbers above the target will fluctuate over time, we will keep our 1,000 extra police officer promise.

“This is in direct contrast to the picture in England and Wales where police numbers have fallen to their lowest level since 2002 and are expected to drop by 16,000 in total.

d“A new era of policing came into being on April 1 and the first officers employed by Police Scotland have been counted in the bulletin. I know Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority will continue to deliver excellent policing and build on the high public confidence communities have in our police service in Scotland."