Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

Police numbers in Forth Valley ‘same as in 1990′, according to officers’ organisation

Communities across Stirling are at risk of being failed due to a cut in local police numbers, according to the organisation which represents rank and file officers.

The criticism follows statistics published last month which reported that more than 40 police officers had left the beat in Forth Valley over the past year, with just 612 local officers now serving the region as of June 30.

That figure was in stark contrast to the situation at the same point in 2020 – when 655 officers were on the ground across the region.

It has led the Scottish Police Federation to raise concerns about the impact of the drop in officers – and linked the rise to another recent report which highlighted a rise in crimes such as assaults and vandalism.

Andy Malcolm is chairman of the East Area Committee of the SPF.

He believes the local force is at the same point it was in when he joined more than 30 years ago.

Mr Malcolm said: “My members say the current situation is dangerous and unsafe and they feel concerned they are failing communities because they don’t have the resources in place

“Policing numbers in Forth Valley are at the same level they were in 1990 despite the increase in recruitment and there is a direct link between those crimes being committed and the number of officers on the streets.