Lothian and Borders police numbers continue to rise

THE number of police officers serving in the Lothian and Borders force has increased again in the past three months, continuing a trend of growth over the last five years.

There are now 3,002 officers in the force, including those on secondment elsewhere.

Police numbers in Scotland as a whole have increased to an all-time high.

Commenting on the figures, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “There’s now a record number of police in our communities helping keep our recorded crime rate at its lowest level for 37 years and the crime clear-up rate at its highest level in over 30 years.

“Meanwhile Scots are feeling safer in their streets and communities.

“Today’s figures go well beyond our commitment to 1,000 extra officers, but there should be no surprise if figures fluctuate.

He went on: “We have kept our commitment to ensure 1,000 extra officers across Scotland and we will continue to protect frontline policing. This is in direct contrast to UK Government plans which will see the loss of an estimated 16,000 policing posts in England and Wales.

“This will not happen in the Police Service of Scotland. Our plans for reform will maintain the visible police presence and our excellent policing record that Scotland currently enjoys for generations to come.”