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Scotland's police were given a boost in their battle against crime today when Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth an...
Scotland's police were given a boost in their battle against crime today when Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth announced extra resources which will allow forces to put an additional 500 officers on the beat.

Mr Forsyth also revealed that he intended to make resources available to increase the number of closed circuit television schemes in Scotland's towns and cities, describing existing schemes as 'spectacularly successful'.

'Yesterday I announced proposals for dealing with criminals once they had been caught and convicted. Today I am announcing plans to help the people who have to catch them.

'The police are in the front line against crime. They deserve our support. There must be no hiding place for the criminals in our midst. They must be tracked down relentlessly and brought to justice.

'Everywhere I go in Scotland people say they want to see more police on the beat. Despite a difficult public expenditure position I am determined this should be a priority. So I am making resources available over the next three years to enable the police to put 500 additional officers on the beat.

'In recent years we have found a new and potent weapon in the fight against crime. Closed circuit television systems have been very effective in curbing the activities of criminals and offenders.

'They have also helped secure convictions where crimes and offences have been committed - evidence on film is in many cases impossible to refute.

'Local partnerships involving local authorities, local business and the local enterprise companies have been spectacularly successful in developing CCTV schemes in Scotland.

'Examples can be seen in Airdrie, Glasgow city centre and Stirling. I want to build on this and see more schemes in place. I am therefore making resources available for a challenge funding approach to prime the pump, lever in private funds and encourage imaginative solutions. I shall be consulting on the details.

'I am convinced that more police officers on the streets, and more cameras in public places, together with the further measures to combat serious crime which I announced yesterday, will make life much harder for criminals and safer for those on whom they have preyed for too long.'

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