• Kenneth Gibson

Police Officer Numbers Remain High



Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, published today, show police officer

numbers remain high and well above 2007 levels.

Commenting on the figures Justice Secretary Michael Matheson MSP said:

“Police Scotland continues to maintain a strong, effective presence in local communities

with officers, specialists and other civilian support staff working day and night to keep

people safe.

“With our police officers having worked hard to reduce recorded crime to its lowest level

since 1974 and clear-up rates at a 40-year high, public confidence in Scottish policing

remains strong.

“However, as criminal activity evolves, and the service increasingly responds to meet the

changing demands of society, it needs to maintain its capacity, across its workforce and

other resources, to meet emerging challenges.

“That is why we have protected Police Scotland’s resource budget for each year of this

Parliament, delivering a £100 million boost by 2021. In addition to £55 million for reforms

over the past year, we recently announced an enhanced allocation of £61 million reform

funding for 2017-18, to help with the next phase of its transformation.

“This will enable Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority to progress their ‘2026’

strategy, giving the Chief Constable greater flexibility to ensure Scotland continues to

benefit from a modern and responsive police service that is fit for the future.”

ENDS