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Police force spending mapped out
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The system used to allocate police force spending has changed
Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson has announced a new system to allocate funding for Scotland's police forces.

Funding for the country's eight forces will be shared on the basis of need rather than size.

Under a new formula, rural, population, deprivation and crime factors will be taken into account.

Ms Jamieson said she was confident the money would be well spent on key frontline services to create safer communities.

Grampian Police will receive almost 7m and Fife Constabulary 3.7m, while Central Police get an extra 2.15m and Northern Constabulary an extra 1.4m.

We think we now have a fair and robust arrangement which will stand the test of time
Ch Supt Willie Rae
Strathclyde Police
Lothian and Borders Police will get an additional 1.44m and Tayside Police an extra 50,000.

No force loses out under the new system, although Strathclyde and Dumfries and Galloway will not receive extra money through the new formula.

They will, however, still get increased funding from the executive - in Strathclyde's case, an extra 12.7% by 2008.

Ms Jamieson said: "While it will be for chief constables to decide how best to use these additional resources at local level, I expect them to ensure that every penny possible of taxpayers' money will be invested with a view to improving frontline policing and making our communities safer.

"We already have record numbers of police officers on our streets and I want to continue to see more of them on the frontline."

The funding for Grampian, Fife, Central Scotland and Northern forces has already been handed over and a further 11m will be spent by 2007.

'Rely on each other'

A final levelling-up instalment of 4.5m is set to be paid by 2009.

Despite the increase, Grampian's funding will be 11.7% less per head than the average.

And although Strathclyde will miss out on the extra cash, funding per head of population in that region continues to be 7.4% more than the Scottish average.

Strathclyde Chief Constable Willie Rae denied the outcome was a disappointment for his force.

He said: "We have been very involved in helping develop this formula.

"We think we now have a fair and robust arrangement which will stand the test of time.

"And I think it suits Strathclyde Police to ensure there's an even distribution of resources across Scotland - we all rely on each other."

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