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More bobbies on the beat across Cumbernauld and Scotland, Scottish Government says

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 23:25 GMT on Monday, June 10th, 2013.

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Figures were welcomed by the Justice Secretary. Picture is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

POLICE numbers across Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire – and Scotland are reportedly at an all-time high, according to Scottish Government figures.

Statistics from the Scottish Government – released two weeks ago – show that the number of police officers in Scotland is at an all-time high, and follows speculation that the introduction of the new national police force – Police Scotland – may have seen a drop in the number of bobbies on the beat.

The latest quarterly strength statistics show that there were 17,496 police officers on March 31, 2013, an increase of 7.8 per cent or 1,262 officers since March 31, 2007.

Commenting on the figures, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the figures show that the Scottish Government continues to “deliver” on their “commitment to put 1,000 additional police officers in communities and police numbers in Scotland are now at a record high.”

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The Justice Secretary added: “This visible police presence has contributed to reducing the recorded crime rate to its lowest level for 37 years.

“We have pledged to protect police posts and frontline police services, and although the numbers above the target will fluctuate over time, we will keep our 1,000 extra police officer promise.

“This is in direct contrast to the picture in England and Wales where police numbers have fallen to their lowest level since 2002 and are expected to drop by 16,000 in total.

“A new era of policing came into being on April 1 and the first officers employed by Police Scotland have been counted in the bulletin. I know Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority will continue to deliver excellent policing and build on the high public confidence communities have in our police service in Scotland."

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