SNP DELIVERING MORE POLICE AND SAFER COMMUNITIES FOR SCOTLAND
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:07
The latest police numbers show that the SNP's policy of recruiting additional police officers is paying off for residents of Falkirk District.
The newly published figures show that as of 31 March, there were 874 Full Time Equivalent police officers serving in the Central area, an increase of 5.5% on the 828 that were in place in the first quarter of 2007.
Across Scotland, the SNP have delivered 1,261 additional police officers, a national increase of 7.8%.
In a speech last year, Labour leader Johann Lamont distanced herself from supporting the additional police officers delivered by the SNP, stating “we need to be honest that the target of 1,000 additional “bobbies on the beat” is not the best use of police resources.”
Commenting, Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald said:
“The number of police officers across Central Scotland has gone up by 5.5%, and crime in Falkirk District has also fallen.
“There is no substitute for bobbies on the beat and that is what we have delivered, with police numbers in Scotland having increased by more than the national average.
“Not a single one of those additional police officers would be there, protecting our communities, if Labour had their way. And all the opposition parties voted against the Scottish Government Budget which is delivering the resources to maintain these police numbers.”