Date lodged: 22 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to reported comments by the former Scottish Borders divisional police commander, Councillor Watson McAteer, that police numbers in the region are "dangerously low".
Answered by: Michael Matheson 4 October 2017
Local decisions about the deployment of police officers are an operational matter for Police Scotland.
The Scottish Government is committed to supporting Police Scotland. We are demonstrating that commitment by protecting the police resource budget in every year of the current Parliament and by committing £61 million of reform funding in 2017-18. Across Scotland officer numbers remain over 1000 higher than in 2007.