Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has accused the SNP of dismantling local policing following a new public attitudes survey.
One in two people in the Forth Valley feel that there is not enough police presence in their local area, a new study has found.
According to the Scottish Crime and Justice survey, In Forth Valley, 50.3% of people in the region believe that there is not enough local police presence in their area. In Fife, 58.2% of people in the kingdom believe that there is not enough local police presence in their area.
The survey also found that 43.6% (FV) and 58.2% (Fife) felt that their local police force did not patrol their area regularly.
Figures released by Police Scotland last year showed a stagnation in officer recruitment across Forth Valley since the creation of a single police force in 2013.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’The fact that more than half of people across Forth Valley see fewer and fewer police officers on the streets makes for worrying reading.
‘’We know that since the SNP merged the local police forces, people across Forth Valley have noticed fewer and fewer police officers on our streets.
‘’Local police presence is essential to prevent and detect criminal behaviour, and recent initiatives in Stirling city centre and elsewhere have proven that visibility is a key element of tackling crime.
‘’Under the SNP, we are seeing an increasingly soft touch approach to justice and this is simply not good enough.’’