Police target exceeded in Scotland

Published on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:27
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

The number of police officers in Scotland  continues to exceed the target set in 2007, figures have revealed today.

The latest quarterly strength statistics show that there were 17,436 police officers on December 31, 2012, an increase of 7.4 per cent or 1,202 officers since March 31, 2007.

Commenting on the figures, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:

"These statistics show that the target to ensure 1,000 extra police officers is continuing to be exceeded and that is great news for communities across Scotland.

"Our additional officers are keeping our streets safe and have helped reduce recorded crime to its lowest level for 37 years. Meanwhile the crime clear-up rate is at its highest in more than 30 years and confidence in the police is also high and increasing.

"This Government has kept its promise to protect police posts – in direct contrast to the picture in England and Wales police numbers have fallen to their lowest level in 11 years.

"We will continue to deliver and build on our commitment to protect frontline services and keep communities safe when new police service goes live next month."

Source: Scottish Government

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