Every council in Scotland should be given its own police force to end a ‘postcode lottery’ in tackling crime, a leading think-tank has claimed.
Reform Scotland has put forward plans that would see 32 police forces created to improve local accountability and tackle the differences in crime and detection rates across the country.
The independent lobby group says the local struycture is a success in countries such as Belgium and Spain, which has 1,800 municipal police forces.
Scotland’s police forces are facing a shake-up, with a single force for the country one of the options being studied by ministers.
Reform Scotland said: “Linking up local authorities and policing would also lead to a clearer sense of who was in charge of policing; while the local chief constable would have operational responsibility.”
The think-tank has called for the idea to be piloted in two area where the police force fits into local authority boundaries – Fife and Dumfries & Galloway.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “A consultation on the future of Scotland\’s police service closed last month. The responses will be published in due course.”