A RECORD number of police officers on the streets and a 37-year low in recorded crime across Scotland has been welcomed by area MSP Rod Campbell.
Mr Campbell was speaking following a recent address made by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP, which also spoke of police reforms, knife crime and reconviction rates.
The north east Fife MSP said: “Scotland has seen one year reconviction rates drop and further changes shall soon be made to drink-driving laws and on civil justice.
“I am proud to be part of the progress the Scottish Government is making with regard to crime and justice.
“I am pleased to hear a further £7.5 million will be spent over the next three years to ensure re-offending rates are reduced.”
Speaking at the recent SNP conference, Mr MacAskill advised delegates that community projects throughout Scotland are benefiting from the seizure of proceeds of crime.
He went on to add that the forthcoming change to a single Scottish police force will remain free of privatisation and political interference.
Mr Campbell said: “The current work of the Scottish Government under devolution has been exemplary, particularly in contrast to the reforms taking place south of the border.”