§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the establishments of the police forces in Scotland; and whether any of them are operating below establishment.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The position as at 30 September 1987 was as follows:
Force Police authorised establishment Police actual strength Central Scotland Police 568 568 Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary 344 341 Fife Constabulary 754 733 Grampian Police 1,008 1,007 Lothian and Borders Police 2,393 2,427 Northern Constabulary 620 613 Strathclyde Police 6,954 6,775 Tayside Police 1,001 1,004 Total 13,642 13,468
Note: Actual strength figures include officers on national training courses, on central service, and with the Scottish crime squad.
All forces, with the exception of Strathclyde police, are operating at or close to authorised establishment. Fife constabulary is in the process of implementing an increase in authorised establishment agreed earlier this year.