Community Policing

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

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Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour 2:15 pm, 22nd March 2007

I am delighted to welcome the special constables who are in the public gallery. They are here at my invitation to see the work of Parliament and so that I can thank them for the work that they have done throughout Scotland. The delegation includes representatives from all Scotland's police forces and from the British Transport Police. I hope that members will join me in congratulating them.

In response to Fergus Ewing's question, I stress that decisions on deployment are for chief constables. However, we have increased the number of officers overall and we have put in place strategies to ensure that funding is available for recruitment to deal with the retirement bulge that will appear in the next couple of years. I have every confidence that the chief constable of the force that covers Mr Ewing's constituency will have plans in hand to deal with such matters.