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Clydesdale Constituency MSP Aileen Campbell has warmly welcomed latest figures which show Police numbers in Scotland have reached an all-time high.

The latest quarterly statistics show that there are now 17,454 full time equivalent 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.

Commenting, Aileen said:

"I know how important it is to the people of Clydesdale to have a visible police presence on the streets of our towns and villages. We all appreciate the difference good policing can have in the community.

"That’s why I warmly welcome today’s statistics showing the highest ever number of police officers in our communities the length and breadth of Scotland.

"The Strathclyde force, which covers the Clydesdale area, now has 8,432 police officers, and increase of 7.8% since 2007.

"Crime is at a 37 year low and our communities are safer than ever before, thanks to the incredible efforts that the police go to in order to protect us. That is no coincidence and shows quite clearly why the SNP Government’s determination to maintain the additional police officers that have been recruited since 2007 is so important.

"We can all be proud of our police and the excellent job they do, that’s why the Scottish Governments plans for a new Police Service of Scotland will ensure that frontline policing is protected and our communities kept safe.

"However, there is no room for complacency and I will continue to listen to the concerns of my constituents and work closely with the local police to ensure that we can build on the successes to date".

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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