Galloway is safest region in UK

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DUMFRIES and Galloway is the safest place to live in the UK, according to new figures out this week.

Just months before Scotland’s eight police forces are amalgamated into one, is has been announced that recorded crime in South West Scotland has dropped by nearly a third in just five years.

Detection rates are at an all time high, with police solving 72 percent of crimes in Dumfries and Galloway, while in the rest of Scotland it’s only 49 percent.

Chief Constable Patrick Shearer, who id due to retire at the end of this year, said: “The figures for Dumfries and Galloway show we are not just the safest place to live in Scotland but in the whole of the UK.

“We put the success down to the relationships we have built up with other services such as the local health service.

“We also deliver some of the best value showing cost per head of population is better than in many larger forces.”

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary will cease to exist from April next year. There will be a single police force with over 17,000 officers under a single chief constable, who will be answerable to the Scottish minister for justice, currently Kenny MacAskill.

However, it will be split into 14 divisions each headed by a chief superintendent. Dumfries and Galloway will make up one of those divisions, as will the Scottish Borders, and the 519 serving officers in our region have been told their jobs are safe.