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Delivering for Scotland #67: Crime & Policing

The SNP Scottish Government has taken many steps to ensure Scotland is a safe place to live. Since taking office, recorded crime is down 45% in Scotland – the lowest level ever estimated by the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. 

Since 2007, violent crime is down 46%, robberies are down 47% and property crime by 41%. The SNP Scottish Government ended automatic early release, meaning that long-term prisoners who pose an unacceptable risk to public safety will serve their sentence in full.

Thanks to tough community sentences, the reconviction rate has also been reduced to its lowest level in 19 years. And around 7 million hours of unpaid work have been carried out since Community Payback Orders were introduced, delivering real benefits to communities.

Vital to keeping crime down is keeping frontline policing strong, and Scotland has a higher number of police officers than at any time during the previous administration. In the SNP’s time in government, an additional 1,000 officers have been recruited – in stark contrast to England and Wales, where the UK Government have slashed police numbers by more than 21,000.

The SNP will continue to support Police Scotland and ensure that they have the resources they need to protect the people of Scotland. The SNP Scottish Government’s latest budget allocates £1.3 billion for the Scottish Police Authority, including an uplift of £60 million in the resource budget – continuing to deliver real terms protection and surpassing the commitment to deliver a £100 million boost by 2021.