MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed figures which show the SNP’s commitment of 1,000 extra police officers is being exceeded.
The latest statistics show there were 17,244 police officers on March 31, 2014 - an increase of 6.2% or 1,010 officers since March 31, 2007.
Mr Stevenson said: “I’m very pleased that the SNP Scottish Government is continuing to meet that important commitment to having 1000 extra police officers than when we took office.
“For communities in the North-east this means a greater sense of well being and a much reduced risk of being a victim of criminal activity.
“The SNP remains focussed on preventative spend. By maintaining investment in frontline policing, crime has been driven down, which reduces the impact on other frontline services, such as courts, support for victims of crime, criminal justice social work and health services.”