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.
Recently the Scottish Greens published a set of ideas for revitalising local government and local democracy. The party, which has councillors in Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Midlothian and Stirling, has called for a move towards much smaller units of government that would be able to raise the majority of their funding locally.
Dennis Canavan has been answering your questions in the latest BBC Scotland webcast on the independence referendum.
BBC Scotland's Bill Whiteford put your questions to the chairman of Yes Scotland and former Labour MP.
The Westminster elite have no vision for a more equal society, and no clear commitment to the protection of the vulnerable. They have bought into the cynical UK narrative that welfare is a regrettable expense and the working poor are disposable units of labour. It’s a view of life that diminishes all of us.
The recent flurry of activity from the No campaign, with Tory ministers taking the lead in deploying a series of ‘don’t even think about it’ assaults on currency and the economy, was the natural reaction to the steady increase in Yes support