POLICE NUMBERS REACH NEW RECORD HIGH – AS FIREARMS OFFENCES HIT 34-YEAR LOW
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 10:57
Police numbers in Scotland have reached an all-time high, as new police officer quarterly strength statistics are released this week.
The figures show that there is an increase 6.6% in Full Time Equivalent (FTE) police officers in Central Scotland Police Force. This is the highest number of police since 2007.
Across Scotland there are 17,454 FTE police officers in Scotland, compared to 16,234 when the SNP first took office. This figure is higher than any previous recorded and every force area in Scotland has seen an increase on the number of police officers in place in May 2007.
Separate statistics released today also show that there has been a sharp reduction in the number of offences involving a firearm in the last year. In 2011/12 there were 514 offences involving a firearm, a 21% reduction on the previous year’s figure of 647 and the lowest level for 34 years.
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald said:
“The figures showing that police officers are at a new high and firearms offences are at a 34 year low will be hugely welcomed by people across my Scotland and stand in stark contrast to the situation south of the border where police numbers are being slashed by 16,000 over the current spending review period.
“Crime is at a 37 year low and communities in Scotland are safer than ever before, thanks to the incredible efforts that the police go to in order to protect us.