Scotland’s top cop was in Falkirk today to mark the first year of the new single force.
He said putting local policing at the heart of the single service had ensured a greater focus on issues that matter most to local communities, including road safety and anti-social behaviour.
The chief constable said: “Our policing focus is on keeping people safe. The first 12 months of Police Scotland have allowed us a real opportunity to better target our policing resource to support local communities and tackle the issues that matter most to them in the places they live.
“By realigning our policing resource, we can put even more officers into the community, providing a visible policing presence on our streets and building on the high levels of public confidence in policing in Scotland.
“There will remain challenges ahead but through the hard work of police officers and staff working with their local communities, we have built a strong foundation for policing in the future.”
Sir Stephen attended the community policing team briefing with Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill and Scottish Police Authority chairman Vic Emery.
He also met with Forth Valley Area Commander, Chief Superintendent David Flynn, and Falkirk Area Commander, Chief Inspector Mandy Paterson.