SNP’s pledge of 1000 extra police officers continues to be met
THE promise by the first SNP Scottish Government back in 2007 to have 1000 extra police officers across the country continues to be met according to the latest figures released yesterday. The latest police officer quarterly strength figures published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician and based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers employed by Police Scotland on June 30 this year, show there were 17,259 officers on staff that day – up 87 on the year before, and an increase of 1025 (or 6.3%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded on March 31, 2007.
SNP accused of using council cash to inflate police numbers
Police officer numbers in Scotland are being artificially inflated by funding from councils and Westminster, with the force running a £25 million deficit. Figures show that the SNP is meeting its 2007 pledge to recruit an extra 1,000 officers, with the party drawing parallels with England and Wales where they claim police numbers have been “decimated”. In Scotland there are 17,259 police officers, 1,025 more than 12 years ago. Critics have accused ministers of dishonesty after it emerged that 400 staff are in place to deal with Brexit at a £17 million cost to the British government while a further 300 are funded directly by councils and airports.
SNP urged to hand Police Scotland £80m cash boost after Boris Johnson’s pledge to add 20,000 officers down south
SNP ministers faced calls today to hand cash-strapped Police Scotland an “£80million boost” from Boris Johnson’s pledge to hire 20,000 cops down south. The Scottish Tories demanded SNP chiefs pass on the expected increase to devolved funding as a result of the PM’s policy pledge – and spend it on 2,000 officers. It came as a row erupted over Police Scotland roll-call being propped up at 17,259 by council funding and the force running a £25million deficit. SNP junior justice minister Ash Denham boasted that officer numbers in Scotland were “significantly above those in 2007 – in contrast to the reduction of around 19,000 officers in England and Wales”.
Police officer numbers in Scotland rise
Police numbers in Scotland have increased slightly, new figures show. The number of Police Scotland’s full-time equivalent officers has risen by eight in the last three months and is up by 87 on the previous year. The SNP has compared the situation with England and Wales, where they claim “police numbers have been decimated”. Since 2007, when the SNP came to power, police numbers have increased by 1,025 to the latest figure of 17,259 full-time officers, recorded in June 2019.
We’re stopping the people who want to spoil the party – Chief Superintendent Sean Scott
The Festival season brings its own set of challenges, but your police will rise to the occasion, says Chief Supt Sean Scott Edinburgh in August – there’s no other place like it in the world. This past weekend being the first of the festival, I made a point of spending time in the city centre on Saturday afternoon to gauge the atmosphere and get a feel for our approach to ‘Summer City’ policing. The place was positively buzzing, as it always is at this time of year, and from past experience I know that sense of excitement will only increase over the next few weeks.