Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, defending the SNP policy of forming single police force in Holyrood in February 2013:
"This is a police service for all Scotland and it will be focused on all parts of Scotland and not one part, whether that is west central Scotland or anywhere else. For that reason, the new police service has at its heart local policing and serving all communities. Local commanders have been announced for each area, who will work with communities, and local policing plans are being prepared for every one of Scotland’s 353 council wards, whether they are in the west or in rural, urban, island or mainland Scotland."
Police Scotland, the single national police authority formed, today, defending the massive ramping up of stops and searches by police officers on the Scottish citizenry by extending Strathclyde Police's old policy to the rest of Scotland:
"... the creation of a single police service had allowed a standardisation of practice throughout the country."
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