– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 18th December 2006.

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Photo of Campbell Martin Campbell Martin Independent

Question S2W-30172

To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact has been of a reduction in policing levels over the last 10 years in the Ayrshire village of West Kilbride, from one sergeant and five constables to one community police officer, on the service provided to the community by Strathclyde Police and, in particular, what the impact has been on clear-up rates for vandalism and drug-related crime in the area and what action the Executive will take to reassure the West Kilbride population that they are protected by the police.

Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour

Operational policing is a matter for individual Chief Constables. Strathclyde Police was allocated in the region of £496 million, out of a total police budget of almost £1.1 billion for 2006-07. In the last five years alone funding for Strathclyde Police has increased by £125.4 million and the number of police officers has risen by 472 with support staff rising by 895.

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