In the Sunday Times today:
‘One in three bobbies on the beat in England and Wales have been axed in just three years as violent crime has surged. A Sunday Times investigation found more than 7,000 traditional neighbourhood police officers, who protect communities and gather intelligence, have been reassigned to other duties or left jobs altogether since March 2015.’
Wow, I thought. How bad is it in Scotland? Have our bobbies been slashed too? When I say slashed, I mean…..Anyhow, here’s the answer, well, their kind-of answer, from the Scotsman in May this year:
‘The number of police officers in Scotland is at its lowest level for nine years, new figures have revealed. In the first three months of year, Police Scotland had the equivalent of 17,170 full time officers, according to Scottish Government statistics. The last time the number of officers was lower was in the first three months of 2009, when the total was 17,048. Officer numbers increased after the SNP came into power in 2007, with the party committed to putting 1,000 extra police on the streets. That commitment was first met in March to June 2009, with the number of officers having remained at above or about 17,250 since then. But the total for January to March this year dropped by 86 from the 17,256 recorded in October to December 2017.’
So that’s a cut of 86 or 0.49% of the 17 256 and not being ‘slashed by a third’, at all, like in England? So that’s about one sixty-sixth of the cuts in England?
That SNP! Don’t you just hate the way they’re so capable and trustworthy?