Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed figures which shows a vast increase in police numbers for the Northern Constabulary area.
Since coming to power the SNP has fulfilled it's election pledge to recruit 1000 police officers throughout Scotland.
In the Northern area 70 extra police have been added in the past two years and a total of 109 have been recruited since 2003.
Mr Gibson said that the it was good news…
"Extra bobbies on the beat is a goal that many people wanted and it has been delivered by the Scottish Government."
"The SNP have delivered on their promise of increased in the Northern Constabulary area in Scotland as a whole. It is a commitment to safer communities and great tribute to the hard work of Justice Sectary Kenny MacAskill and Northern Constabulary to deliver this outcome."
“With more police on the streets, more people in jail than ever before and the lowest ever rates of recorded crime the SNP in Government is making Scotland’s streets safer.
“There is always more to do and that is why the SNP will continue to invest in police training, to offer kids alternatives to a life of crime through our cashback for communities scheme and to reform our criminal justice system to ensure those who should be locked up are locked up.”