Num­bers of po­lice in Forth Val­ley de­crease

43 peo­ple have been dis­persed in new zone in city

Stirling Observer - - STIRLINGSHIRE REMEMBERS - Chris Marzella

Po­lice num­bers in Forth Val­ley fell by 13 in the last 12 months,

Fig­ures re­leased by Po­lice Scot­land shown the num­ber of of­fi­cers in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018-19 was 626 com­pared with 639 in the same pe­riod last fi­nan­cial year.

Since the cre­ation of Po­lice Scot­land in third quar­ter of 2013, di­vi­sional of­fi­cer num­bers across was Forth Val­ley are down seven com­pared with the cur­rent quar­ter.

Mid–Scot­land and Fife Tory MSP, Dean Lock­hart, said that the statis­tics showed the Scot­tish Govern­ment had bro­ken its pledge to put ex­tra 1000 ex­tra bob­bies on the beat.

He added: “It’ll be very con­cern­ing to com­mu­ni­ties across Forth Val­ley, in­clud­ing Stir­ling, that the num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers is down.

“As we have seen re­cently in Stir­ling city cen­tre, vis­i­bil­ity is a key el­e­ment of tack­ling crime and pro­vides a wel­come re­as­sur­ance to the pub­lic.

“The fact is it’s dif­fi­cult to main­tain con­fi­dence that peo­ple will be kept safe when num­bers are dwin­dling like this.

“Un­der the SNP, we are see­ing an in­creas­ingly soft touch ap­proach to jus­tice and the Scot­tish Govern­ment must ur­gently give Po­lice Scot­land the re­sources it needs to keep us safe.”

Stir­ling SNP MSP Bruce Craw­ford talked up the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s record on po­lice re­cruit­ment.

He said: “When the SNP was first elected at Scot­land’s govern­ment in 2007, the num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers that our coun­try has was 16,237 but through in­vest­ment in our polic­ing ser­vice we have in­creased that num­ber to 17,147 – 913 more of­fi­cers ac­cord­ing to lat­est fig­ures.

“Across the coun­try, we have seen a mar­ginal de­crease of 0.6– per cent in of­fi­cer num­bers since Septem­ber last year.

“Crime is at a 43 year low in Scot­land, with re­of­fend­ing at its low­est rate in al­most two decades.”

Po­lice in Stir­ling last month launched a crack­down on an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and crime in the city cen­tre by in­tro­duc­ing a `dis­per­sal zone’ aimed at keep­ing per­sis­tent trou­ble mak­ers out of a num­ber of streets in the town.

The scheme has been op­er­at­ing 24–hours a day, seven days a week and will run for three months.

It came fol­low­ing a re­cent crack­down on crime, called Oper­a­tion Stead­fast, that saw Po­lice Scot­land and Stir­ling Coun­cil carry out a joint oper­a­tion in Fri­ars Street.

Area Com­man­der Gill Boul­ton told the Ob­server that over the last four weeks 43 peo­ple had been `dis­persed’ us­ing the new power.

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