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Statement in response to Mr Skelly's call for reduction of police forces

Issued: 7 Oct 2010

Chief Constable Ian Latimer responded to Mr Skelly's remarks today regarding the number of police forces in Scotland. He said:

"Mr Skelly's report does not present any evidence to support the reduction of the number of police forces. He praises police forces for their performance. Indeed to date there has been no evidence to show that the merging of Forces would release considerable savings and in fact would have huge cost implications at the time we can least afford it.

"Northern Constabulary is committed to continual improvement and has carried out a programme of efficiencies which has considerably rationalised back office functions and enabled resources to be invested into frontline policing. The Force is extremely efficient and high performing and is well placed to prepare for the challenging years ahead.

"I remain unconvinced of any benefit to the people of the Highlands and Islands from merging this Force with others. I am confident that Northern Constabulary is an efficient and high performing Force which is viable and sustainable in continuing to provide an effective, visible and locally accountable into the future. The next few years will be difficult and challenging, but we are continually preparing to meet those challenges effectively with the full support of the NJP Board."

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