Scottish police numbers at record high
By Fiona MacGregor
Police numbers in Scotland are at a record high as the country's crime levels fall to the lowest level in 35 years a leading journal has reported.
The increase in officers, which comes as police numbers in other parts of the UK are being cut, highlights how life has improved in Scotland with a little independence, but that even greater things can be achieved in areas which are still devolved by saying Yes to an independent Scotland.
Details published in the Police Professional, the largest circulation weekly professional police journal, show more than 1200 extra officers in Scotland from 31st March 2007, when the current Scottish Government was elected.
Latest official figures show that of March 31 this year there were 17,436 officers in Scotland.
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