Thursday, 07 June 2012
MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, James Dornan, has welcomed news that police numbers in Strathclyde were up from 2007.
Strathclyde Policy Authority had a total of 7, 822 officers in the first quarter of 2007, however the new count shows 8, 447 officers across the Strathclyde police region – an increase of 625 new officers.
Welcoming the news, Mr Dornan said: “I‘m delighted with these figures and believe that they demonstrate the seriousness with which The Scottish Government takes the issues of community safety and justice.
“Recorded crime in Scotland is at the lowest it has been for the last 35 years, and the chance of being a victim of crime is lower in Scotland than anywhere else in the British Isles. That is in no small way due to the fact that we have the highest number of police officers on record – 17, 463.
“Of course there is still much work to be done in communities across my constituency and indeed across the country but we are making progress here in Scotland, where as the UK Coalition Government are presiding over a decrease in police numbers, possibly by as many as 16, 000 across England and Wales.
“I am proud of the police service that we have here in Glasgow and believe that they do an excellent job for our city. It’s worth remembering the danger that officers put themselves in when on duty in order to protect the public – they do us a great service and for that we should be thankful and proud.”
A breakdown of police numbers can be found here