Date lodged: 22 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether, in light of the proposed merger between British Transport Police (BTP) and Police Scotland, the number of BTP officers will counted towards its pledge to maintain officer numbers above 17,234.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 4 October 2016
BTP officers are not currently included in the figures giving the number of full-time equivalent officers in Scotland. Following the merger between BTP and Police Scotland any comparison of officer numbers in Scotland with the position prior to the merger would need to take account of this.