Extra police numbers hitting targets

The number of extra police officers in Scotland continues to exceed the 1,000 target, figures have revealed this week.

The latest quarterly strength statistics show that there were 17,258 police officers on December 31, 2013, an increase of 6.3 per cent or 1,024 officers since March 31, 2007.

Commenting on the publication, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:“This Government is continuing to deliver on our commitment to keep over 1,000 extra officers to keep our streets safe and contribute to an almost 40 year low in recorded crime.

“The creation of Police Scotland has allowed local policing to prosper with officers dedicated solely to local policing in each Division supported by specialist services and the ability to allocate additional police officers in every area where and when they are needed.

“The number of additional police numbers is now moving towards 1,000, keeping costs down while continuing to exceed our target.

“This contrasts with the position in England and Wales where officer numbers are now at their lowest level in 11 years and expected to drop by more than 15,000 in total.”