SNP MSP John Finnie has welcomed new figures that show crime reducing and the Scottish Government and local authorities have maintained 1000 more police on the streets.
Official statistics show that there are now 1,031 more police on the street than in 2007 and recorded crime is at a 35-year low.
The SNP MSP and former policeman believes the fact that crime and fear of crime are at record lows is down to the increased police presence since 2007.
He said: “I am proud to say that the SNP Government in Scotland has made fighting crime a key policy and the figures clearly state that we have had some success but there is more to do.
“Last year Scotland’s councils agreed with the SNP to keep 1000 more police on the streets and today’s figures show that has been achieved.
“We know how important it is to have bobbies on the beat and as an ex-policeman I I know the difference good policing can have in a community.
“Working alongside councils, communities and of course the police forces in Scotland has made for a joined-up approach that has helped move Scotland forward.
“There is however, no room for complacency and there are some areas in which we have to continue to focus our efforts, and that is precisely what we shall do.”