Police chiefs promise a safer society

POLICE leaders have insisted the new force will make communities safer as the changeover date approaches.

The Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (Asps) has said it is confident change is necessary and the new force will be a success.

In a statement, it said: “What are the priorities for the new police service?

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“Quite simply, keeping people safe. It’s what we all joined for and it’s what we are going to do.

“We want our local communities to be safer, stronger and great places to work in and visit. We will make this happen.

Meanwhile, a provisional budget of £1.06 billion was agreed at the last meeting of the Scottish Police Authority yesterday, along with a required spending reduction of £63.9 million.

Chief Constable Steve House said: “This is the most historic structural change in policing in Scotland in generations.

“Our purpose is to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities in Scotland.”