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25/07/13 15:39

Shetland policing

Justice Secretary visits Shetland Area Command during summer cabinet programme.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has met police during the Scottish Government’s summer cabinet programme in Shetland to see how the island is benefiting from the single service.

During the visit, he joined local officers and Dogs Against Drugs handlers during ferry and cruise liner inspections and heard how police tackle issues such as drugs trafficking.

Mr MacAskill said:

“Shetland enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the safest places to live in the UK. This has been earned by police working in partnership with the community to provide excellent policing for the communities of the Shetland Islands.

“These priorities will remain under Police Scotland. Local policing shaped and delivered in communities is at the heart of the new service, with a designated Local Commander for each area and a dedicated policing plan for every single council ward in Scotland. Crime is now at a 39 year low, backed by record numbers of police in our communities. Confidence in police is high and increasing.

“One of the key benefits of Police Scotland is specialist Scotland-wide resource co-ordinated nationally and delivered locally by Specialist Crime Division. All areas of Scotland now have access to expertise and equipment wherever and whenever it is needed.”

Chief Inspector Angus MacInnes, Area Commander for Shetland:

"Police Scotland is delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, as well as other Scottish Cabinet members, to Shetland.

"Although we are the most northerly area command in Scotland we are still involved in many of the same aspects of policing as our counterparts on the Scottish mainland. However we have the added challenge of being geographically remote. During his visit the Cabinet Sec for Justice will meet a number of our partners as he meets local officers and observes the Dogs Against Drugs handlers work.

"This visit will serve to demonstrate Police Scotland's commitment to providing a first class police service to the communities of Shetland."