Date lodged: 12 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports of a reduction in the number of police patrols in rural communities, and, in light of these reports, how it can ensure that such areas are adequately protected.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 26 June 2018
The Scottish Government is committed to working with Police Scotland and other partners to tackle crime in rural communities, including through the work of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime. Day to day decisions about the deployment of police officers are an operational matter for Police Scotland. However, the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring Police Scotland has the resources it needs to keep people safe in all of Scotland's communities, whether rural or urban. That is why we are protecting the police resource budget in every year of the current parliament - a boost of £100m by 2020-21 - and committing £31m of reform funding in the current financial year.