Frequently Asked Questions - Will the police still operate in the same way in an independent Scotland?
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Yes. Scotland already has its own police service, Police Scotland, which is supervised by the Scottish Police Authority. Scotland’s police service safeguards strong local policing in our communities and ensures that specialist national expertise and equipment – like firearms units or major investigation teams – are available whenever and wherever they are needed.
Scotland has over 1,000 additional police officers in our communities compared with 2006/07 and crime clear-up rates by the police are at their highest level for 35 years.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.