4 Sep 2012
Figures released today have revealed a slight drop in the number of police officers in Scotland.
The Scottish Government publication showed there was a fall of 63 police officers in the last quarter, a number which is still over the stated target of 17,236.
Crucially, the 1,000 extra officers the Scottish Conservatives pushed for last term have been maintained.
The party has also urged the Scottish Government to ensure the numbers do not fall further with the creation of a single police force next year.
Scottish Conservative justice spokesman David McLetchie MSP said:
“It is disappointing that there has been a modest fall in the number of police officers.
“We must ensure that the number of additional officers remains more than 1000 higher than was the case when the SNP came to power, notwithstanding the creation of a single police force.”
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