Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed the figures have revealed today that show that the number of extra police officers in Scotland continues to exceed the 1,000 target.
The latest quarterly strength statistics show that there were 17,272 police officers on June 30 2015, an increase of 6.4 per cent or 1,038 officers since March 31, 2007.
Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“There is no substitute for bobbies on the beat and that is what this SNP Government has delivered.
“Our commitment to keep over 1,000 extra officers has resulted in recorded crime being at a 40 year low, and violent crime down 52% and crimes of handling an offensive weapon down 62% since 2006/2007.
“By contrast, in England and Wales police numbers have already fallen by over 15,000 since 2007 to their lowest level in 14 years, and are expected to drop even further”
“We know from the record low levels of crime that more police in our communities does deter criminals. Making Scotland safer has been a key priority for the SNP, which is why we have delivered over 1,000 additional police officers who have helped drive recorded crime down to its lowest level in 40 years.
“However, the hard work has been done by the officers and support staff within Police Scotland who work hard everyday, doing all that they can to prevent and detect crime and keep the streets of Inverclyde and Scotland safe. I want to pay tribute to them and thank them for helping to keep our communities safe.
“The vast majority of our population are responsible citizens, so we will come down hard on the small minority who cause trouble, while extending diversionary activities for kids to keep them off the streets. We have already taken over £100 million from Scotland’s criminals to invest in projects for young Scots.
“Inverclyde, and Scotland, is safer today than it was four years ago. And we are working hard to make it even safer.”