Police Numbers

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Dear Scottish Government,

Last week at topical questions Ash Denham )Minister for Community Safety)
claimed in a reply to Liam Kerr (Shadow Justice Secretary) that there were a record number of Police Officers in Scotland, Kenneth Gibson MSP for North Ayrshire then claimed there
record Police Numbers in his Ayrshire Area , this claim about record police numbers was then repeated by the First Minister at FMQs yesterday.

According to the Statistics Available on the Police Scotland website states the following information for Police Numbers in Ayrshire

Dec 2013 862 Available Police Officers
March 2014 847
March 2015 854
March 2016 845
March 2017 835
March 2018 831
March 2019 826

As you can see from this information available on the Police Scotland Website
that Police officer numbers have decreased by 15 between Dec 2013 and March 2014
and have decreased by 36 in the last 6 years to a low of 826 by march 2019.

I would like to know how these ministers can claim that police officer numbers have increased when according to these figures there has been a sharp decrease in numbers in the Ayrshire Area.
It would appear that the Ministers in Question have been economical with the truth
with the figures they are presenting to the chamber and i would expect all Ministers to present truthful information to the chamber at all times.

I look forward to your reply

Yours faithfully,

bob watt

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 201900001793

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Dear Mr Watt,

Please find attached a response to your correspondence regarding police
officer numbers.

Kind regards,

Alex Ross

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Dear Scottish Government,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Scottish Government's handling of my FOI request 'Police Numbers'.

I thank you for your previous reply but am not satisfied with the response recieved for the following reason

Kenneth Gibson (MSP) stated
it is clear that Ayrshire has benefited from the additional police officers provided by the Scottish Government as opposed to the situation in England which has thousands fewer police officers.
December 2013 862 Available Police Officers
March 2014 847
March 2015 854
March 2016 845
March 2017 835
March 2018 831
March 2019 826

I would appreciate an explanation of how you can claim that we have benefited from additional police numbers when we have lost so many in the last 6 years (36 in total) i know my local station has lost 15 officers recently.

I note that you also claim that police divisions can draw on specialist expertise to support local policing and and meet our communities needs which is fine in theory but there has been situations recently where
for example:
A few hundred teenagers decide to head to Troon Beach three years in a row and
all the officers in south and East Ayrshire are called out to deal with this leaving no manpower to deal with local communities.

During some night shifts in East Ayrshire there may be only two units on at the local HQ
to cover a shift,meaning delays to calls for assistance, so can you explain how that is meeting the needs of our communities

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

bob watt

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 201900002556

Dear Mr Watt,

Thank you for your correspondence sent on 23/06/2019. Your query will be
passed to the relevant area for consideration and has been given a
reference number of 201900002556. Please quote this number in all
correspondence. The Scottish Government aim to respond, where necessary,
as quickly as possible and within the stated timescale as indicated on our
website
(http://www.gov.scot/about/contact-inform...).

Yours sincerely
MiCase
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Please find attached a response to your correspondence.

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