The national police force debate - how will it affect Midlothian?

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Announced earlier this month, the Scottish Government’s Programme for Scotland 2011-2012 includes new legislation which would reform Scotland’s police and fire and rescue services, saving an estimated £130 million a year and £1.7 billion over 15 years.

Detailed plans and resourcing have yet to take shape, however Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill believes such a move would “safeguard” the vital frontline services communities depend on.

Similarly, Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, who is Commander of E Division of Lothian and Borders Police, believes that Midlothian residents should have nothing to fear from the proposed legislation.

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