Record police numbers welcomed

Police numbers in Scotland have reached a record high of 17,454.

Latest statistics show that police officers have increased by 7.5 percent or 1,220 officers between March 31 2007 and September 30 2012. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill commented: “There’s now a record number of police in our communities helping to keep our recorded crime rate at its lowest level for 37 years and the crime clear-up rate at its highest level in over 30 years.”