Highland police backed

PEOPLE in the Highlands and Islands have given an overwhelming show of support for their police force at a time it is under threat from moves to create a single Scottish service.

According to the latest biennial community consultation survey, 90 per cent of residents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with Northern Constabulary and 97 per cent stated they feel safe where they live.

The survey showed the public wants to maintain a local approach to services and facilities, as well as being provided with local information.

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More than 9,000 households across the Highlands and Islands were surveyed with a 33 per cent response rate.

The top three concerns continue to be road safety, alcohol and drug abuse and anti-social behaviour. The survey found a rise in the number of people wanting tougher sentencing.

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