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400 EXTRA POLICE FOR STRATHCLYDE ANNOUNCED

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An extra 400 police officers are to made available for front-line duties in Strathclyde, vital resources in the eff...
An extra 400 police officers are to made available for front-line duties in Strathclyde, vital resources in the efforts of Scotland's largest force to combat crime, including the scourge of drugs.

This was announced yesterday by Scottish Office minister James Douglas-Hamilton during a visit to the Strathclyde Police headquarters.

Announcing the approval by Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth to the increase in Strathclyde Police's establishment level, Lord James said:

'With the recruitment of 258 officers and 181 civilians, Strathclyde Police will see extra police officers on operational duties, bringing the number of police in Strathclyde to over 7,300.

'This is a solid token of the government's support for Strathclyde Police's increasingly successful efforts to combat crime of all kinds, including the scourge of drugs. I am sure the chief constable will allocate these additional resources to maximum effect.'

- The costs of the additional staff are being found from within the existing budget of Strathclyde Police.

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