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Police Scotland increases support for Lanarkshire during the pandemic

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More than 300 officers throughout Scotland will be moved to support local policing divisions cope with the latest phase of the pandemic.From today (January 10), Police Scotland is stepping up measures to ensure community policing is equipped to deal with the added pressures COVID has brought.At the same time, 258 probationary constables currently undergoing training at the Scottish Police College will also be deployed to local policing divisions.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android The use of probationers and officers from specialist functions was successful both earlier in the pandemic and during the COP26 climate conference.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs said: “We are working hard to maximise the availability of officers and staff in frontline duties to ensure that we continue to provide a highly effective policing service to our local communities. "Omicron is having a significant effect on the country and Police Scotland is included in that. "The welfare of our officers and staff is paramount and has been throughout the pandemic."As a national service we can quickly flex resources and move people to where they are needed and respond to increased demand and high absence levels.“By deploying these extra resources we can support local policing and keep people safe during this critical time.”

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