Police up by seven per cent

Angus North and Mearns SNP MSP Nigel Don has welcomed Police numbers in Scotland reaching 17,436, the highest ever recorded level.

Figures show an increase of seven per cent from March 31, 2007, when the SNP was elected.

In Tayside there are 1,238 police officers, a rise of 84 from the first quarter of 2007 figure of 1,154 (up 7.3 per cent).

Crime is at a 35-year low in Scotland, and is lower than in England and Wales.

Mr Don said: “This is welcome news for the people of Angus and shows the Scottish Government is committed to keeping communities safer and tackling crime through having more police on our streets.

“The risk of crime is lower in Scotland than in the rest of the UK. The Westminster Government continues to reduce the number of police in England and Wales and an estimated 16,000 more police are likely to lose their jobs.

“We are proud of our police and the excellent job they do, but we must be prepared to reorganise if we are to protect our police service from Westminster cuts. That’s why our plans for a new Police Service of Scotland will aim to ensure that frontline policing is protected and our communities kept safe.”