Scottish Daily Mail

HALF OF OF­FI­CERS ‘NOT ON THE FRONT LINE’

- Crime · Scottish Government · John Lamont

ONLY half of Scot­land’s po­lice of­fi­cers are work­ing on the front line de­spite SNP boasts of more bob­bies on the beat.

The fig­ures come as grow­ing num­bers of of­fi­cers are drafted in to cover desk jobs, re­plac­ing axed civil­ian work­ers.

The SNP has pledged to main­tain of­fi­cer num­bers at 1,000 more than the 16,000 level set in 2007 – but many of them are not out fight­ing crime.

The num­ber of of­fi­cers stand at 17,261, but in­ter­nal po­lice sta­tis­tics ear­lier this year es­ti­mated that about 8,700 were front­line and op­er­a­tional – just over half the to­tal.

Scot­tish Tory chief whip John La­mont said the SNP was ‘dup­ing’ the pub­lic into be­liev­ing there are ‘more than 17,000 of­fi­cers on the front line’.

Po­lice Scot­land said the fig­ures were a snap­shot and the num­ber of front­line of­fi­cers var­ied daily.

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said po­lice of­fi­cer num­bers con­tinue to ex­ceed tar­gets.

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Pa­trol: Of­fi­cers on the beat

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