Figures revealed in the latest Police Officer strength statistics have shown that communities in Tayside and Fife have 67 fewer police officers patrolling the streets since the single force came into operation.
This comes despite promises from the SNP to maintain officer numbers with only two Police Scotland divisions experiencing an increase in numbers since 2014.
Back in 2014 there were 968 officers in Tayside and 839 in Fife now only 943 and 797 remain.
In addition to the decrease in rank and file officers there are substanitally fewer special constables serving communities.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;
“These figures will come as a shock to many after years of SNP spin on police officer numbers.
“Communities feel safe when there are more officers on the beat and this reduction in addtion to the substanital cut to public counters and special constables is leaving people cut-off from law enforcement.
“Frontline officers are crucial for rural communities and there have been growing concerns that police officers are spending less time on the street as a result of paperwork and backroom tasks. It is vital that Police Scotland maintains a visible presence in our communities and a reduction in officer numbers puts this at risk and the Scottish Government must properly support the single force.”