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EXTRA FUNDING FOR EDINBURGH POLICING

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Lothian and Borders Police are to receive an additional£600,000 a year from the Scottish Executive to help meet th...
Lothian and Borders Police are to receive an additional£600,000 a year from the Scottish Executive to help meet the additional pressures of policing the country's capital.

The extra investment, announced by justice minister Cathy Jamieson, reflects local pressures in the city, including policing the Scottish parliament, royal and VIP visits, and other major events such as the Edinburgh Festival.

Ms Jamieson said:

'Lothian and Borders Police face unique pressures of policing Scotland's capital city. You only have to look around the city at the thousands of extra visitors and performers attracted by the festivals to realise that.

'Having listened to the concerns of the chief constable and to reflect the extra workload faced by the force, the Executive has therefore decided to provide an additional sum of£600,000 a year, from this year.

'This builds on the significant investment which we are already making in police forces across the country to improve the number of frontline officers on our streets. It will support the local force in meeting the challenges of policing major buildings and events, as well as helping to tackle to crime and disorder more generally, to make the city and its surrounding communities a safer place for local residents and visitors alike.'

Paddy Tomkins, chief constable of Lothian & Borders Police said:

'I am delighted that the minister has responded so positively to our case for funding to address the particular challenges of policing our nation's capital city.

'Edinburgh is, by any standard, a world class city. I am honoured to lead a police force that is widely recognised for its role in making Scotland's seat of government and royalty a place in which local communities and visitors from across the globe can enjoy together an unparalleled blend of history, culture and entertainment. This funding will assist us in continuing to provide effective policing for the capital at a time of heightened security awareness and to play a full part in realising the potential of the city.

'Communities throughout Lothian and the Scottish Borders are already benefiting from the creation of a single police division for Edinburgh as we have greatly reduced the need to draw in colleagues from other areas of the Force to police major events. This decision will enable us to continue that trend and to secure greater stability for community policing across the city.'

The additional funding announced today reflects the pressures of policing the capital.

For the longer-term, the Executive, police forces and local government have been also developing a new model for police grant aided expenditure (GAE) across Scotland. This aims to ensure that the way we distribute funding is linked more closely to the cost of policing a force area, taking into account factors such as population, deprivation and the needs of policing in major cities. An announcement on the recommendations of the GAE and future funding will be made after the spending review.

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