'Record high' for Scottish police officer numbers

Police jackets Ministers said they had maintained their promise to keep up police officer numbers

Related Stories

The number of police officers in Scotland has reached a record high, according to official figures.

Scotland has the equivalent of 17,454 full-time officers at the end of September, 81 more than in June and 1,220 more than in March 2007.

Ministers said the figures showed the SNP's pledge on maintaining police officer numbers was being maintained.

Scotland's eight police forces are being merged into a national force to save cash but keep frontline services.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said of the government-published statistics: "We have kept our commitment to ensure there are 1,000 extra officers in communities across Scotland and we will continue to protect frontline policing.

"This is in direct contrast to UK government plans which will see the loss of an estimated 16,000 policing posts in England and Wales."

He added: "This will not happen in the Police Service of Scotland.

"Our plans for reform will maintain the visible police presence and our excellent policing record that Scotland currently enjoys for generations to come."

The recently-appointed head of the new national police force, Stephen House, has previously suggested as many as 3,000 support staff could be lost in the merger - sparking opposition concerns that serving officers will be required to undertake back office jobs.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Scotland politics stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Woman in swimming pool Green stuff

    The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine


  • Plane at Shannon airportShannon's call

    The airport that hosted a roll-call of presidents


  • Susanne du ToitTop 10 Tips

    Portrait painter Susanne du Toit on being an artist


  • Atletico's Diego Godin celebrates his goal with teammate David VillaWeek in pictures

    The best news photographs from around the world


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ITChild's play

    It's never been easier for small businesses to get their message out to the world

Programmes

  • Joe Ierardi playing a pianoClick Watch

    Meet the man trying to create the perfect digital piano - but is it as good as the real thing?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.