Figures released by Police Scotland have shown a sharp decline in divisional police officer numbers across Forth Valley.
It has emerged that compared with last quarter divisional numbers in the region have declined by nine officers and compared to the same quarter last year numbers are down by thirteen officers.
The figures also show that since the creation of Police Scotland in Q3 2013, divisional officer numbers across Forth Valley are down by seven compared to the current quarter.
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has said that these statistics show that the SNP have broken their pledge to maintain 1,000 extra bobbies on the beat and has expressed concerns that Scotland is seeing a soft-touch approach to justice under this government.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’It will be very concerning to communities across Forth Valley, including Stirling, that the number of police officers is down.
‘’As we have seen on display recently in Stirling city centre, visibility is a key element of tackling crime and provides a welcome reassurance to the public.
‘’The fact is that it is difficult to maintain confidence that people will be kept safe when numbers are dwindling like this.
‘’Under the SNP, we are seeing an increasingly soft touch approach to justice and the Scottish Government must urgently give Police Scotland the resources it needs to keep us safe.’’