Police numbers on the up

Rod Campbell MSP
Rod Campbell MSP

POLICE numbers in Fife have increased, new force quarterly strength statistics have revealed.

The figures have been welcomed by area MSP Roderick Campbell, who is part of the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee.

“The figures showing police officers are at a new high will be hugely welcomed by people across north east Fife,” said Mr Campbell.

“This is a stark contrast to the situation south of the border, where police numbers are being slashed by 16,000 over the current spending review period.”

The figures show there are now 1111 police officers in Fife.

Separate statistics also show there has been a reduction in the number of offences involving a firearm in the last year.

In 2011-12, there were 514 offences involving a firearm, a 21 per cent reduction on the previous year’s figure of 647 and the lowest level for 34 years.