Crime and Antisocial Behaviour (Highlands and Islands)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 31 January 2024.

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Photo of Jamie Halcro Johnston Jamie Halcro Johnston Conservative

In the past few years, police stations have been lost across the Highlands and Islands while concern has been growing in many local communities, rural and urban, that, despite the efforts of officers, there is a move away from local policing and a reduced police presence. After the cuts to the previous budget, are there fewer or more police officers in the Highlands and Islands today than there were at this time last year? Does the minister expect that the number of police officers across the Highlands and Islands will have increased or decreased by this time next year?