Central Scotland MSP Alex Neil has today welcomed new figures which show that the SNP Government are on course to surpass their target of 1000 extra officers by the end of this Parliament. He also called on local opposition politicians to now apologise and welcome the prediction that the SNP could increase police number by 1250 by 2011.
SNP Central Scotland MSP Mr Neil said:
“The SNP in Government are already delivering record police numbers for Strathclyde and Scotland as a whole. These new figures confirm that we are on course to meet and pass our target of 1000 additional officers over the lifetime of this Parliament.
"I'm sure people in Lanarkshire will be reassured in the knowledge that the Scottish Government is delivering on its commitment to deliver more officers on our streets and in our communities.
“In Strathclyde we are predicted to have 457 extra officers by 2011, with more bobbies on the beat, the SNP is making our streets and communities safer throughout Lanarkshire.
Mr Neil continued:
“We now know that all the opposition scaremongering is completely unfounded and I would call on the opposition politicians to recognise their mistake and join me in welcoming the SNPs success in delivering the resources for a safer Scotland.”
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The latest figures on police numbers show a record number of police at 16675 across Scotland.
There were 441 more officers in March 2009 than in March 2007 shortly before the SNP took office.
The police force projection survey shows there could be 17,484 police officers in 2011 – an increase of 1250 on 2007.
The SNP Government’s budget put in place funding to recruit and train 1000 additional officers.