5:17 pm, Mon 18 Mar 2013
The Scottish Justice Minister gave assurances today that local policing issues won't suffer when the eight forces in Scotland merge into one next month.
Kenny MacAskill was paying his last visit to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.
He met drug enforcement officers in Dumfries who have just arrested scores of people in an operation to crack down on local gangs.
Matthew Taylor has this report:
2:44 pm, Mon 18 Mar 2013
The Scottish Justice Secretary meets with Dumfries officers
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The Scottish Justice Secretary has met with drug enforcement officers in Dumfries who showed him part of their £60,000 drugs haul plus weapons and £8,000 cash from Operation Dulcet.
7:30 am, Mon 18 Mar 2013
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, is visiting Dumfries and Galloway Police station today, before all forces in Scotland amalgamate on 1st April.
Mr MacAskill will meet with Chief Constable Shearer, where he will hear from officers about their recent work on a region-wide drugs operation.
7:07 am, Mon 18 Mar 2013
The Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill will today be in Dumfries to praise the efforts of the force in tackling drug gangs.
Dumfries and Galloway has one of the highest incidents of drugs seizures in the country.
Mr MacAskill is touring all forces in Scotland before their amalgamation.