Top cop defends 66% rise in north-east random searches
One of the north-east’s top police officers has justified a massive increase in stop and search activity across the region since the introduction of the single Scottish force.
Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren, divisional commander for Aberdeenshire and Moray, told councillors that almost 2,000 stop and searches were carried out this year against 1,200 last year.
Figures from April 1 until August 20 showed officers in Aberdeenshire and Moray had conducted 802 interventions, an increase of 66.2% on the same period in 2012.
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