Date lodged: 29 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it remains committed to its pledge to maintain 1,000 extra police officers from the 16,234 police officers recorded in March 2007.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 25 August 2016
As at 30 June 2016, there were 17,242 full time equivalent police officers in Scotland – 1,008 more than on 31 March 2007. The Scottish Government budget for 2016-17 made a commitment to retain police officer numbers at 1,000 higher than in 2007 while at the same time working with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to consider the implications of changing demands on Scottish policing. That work is currently on-going and no conclusions have been reached on implications for the future shape and size of the police workforce. We are committed to ensuring that the police have more specialists, such as experts in cyber-crime and counter-fraud and that the service has the right mix and numbers of staff for the future. We are also committed to protecting the police revenue budget in real terms for the entirety of this parliament – delivering an additional £100 million of investment by 2020-21.