Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has expressed concern that the number of police officers serving in the Highlands and Islands divisional area has fallen in recent months.
He spoke after the publication of a report which shows that the numbers serving in the region had gone down by thirteen.
Donald Cameron MSP said:
Mr Cameron said: “Community policing is highly valued in the Highlands and Islands but that cannot be sustained if police numbers are under pressure.
“Compared to other regions across Scotland, our region seems to be doing the worst, with a reduction in the last recorded quarterly figures of 13 officers"
"I intend to raise this matter with the Justice Secretary at the earliest opportunity".