Police Numbers (West Lothian)

Justice and Law Officers – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 22nd March 2007.

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Photo of Bristow Muldoon Bristow Muldoon Labour 2:15 pm, 22nd March 2007

To ask the Scottish Executive what change there has been in the number of police officers serving West Lothian since 1999. (S2O-12463)

Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour

The number of police officers in Lothian and Borders police has increased by almost 200 since 1999 to 2,783.

Photo of Bristow Muldoon Bristow Muldoon Labour

I welcome the fact that the number of police officers in Lothian and Borders police has increased. Will the minister join me in commending West Lothian Council for setting up, in partnership with Lothian and Borders police, a specialised unit to tackle antisocial behaviour? Does she see that as a model that should be followed by local authorities and the police throughout Scotland?

Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour

The member will be aware that it is for the police to decide the most appropriate ways in which to use their resources. That is why I did not give a figure specifically for West Lothian.

If the police, local authorities and others coming together to set up specialist units to deal with antisocial behaviour is the right thing to do to give communities a better quality of life, they will have my 100 per cent backing for that. People in West Lothian are to be commended also for the work that has been done in relation to the plans for the new civic centre. I was delighted to go along to see the new facility recently. A sheriff/district court complex and a divisional headquarters for the police will be located in a local community.