“32 forces are better than one” – Daily Record

SCOTLAND should have 32 separate police forces, a leading think-tank say in a report out today.

Reform Scotland claim a force covering each council area in the country would bring policing “closer to the people”.

The centre-right group set out the plan in a report called Striking the Balance.

It says: “The Scottish government is considering merging Scotland’s eight police forces to create a single force.

“Reform Scotland recognises that the current structure needs to change, but believes such change needs to move in the opposite direction with more local, accountable policing, rather than a centralised service.”