From today, the previous 8 regional police forces which covered the territory of Scotland (8 of the 52 regional forces in the UK) have been unified into a single force to cover the whole country.
The force, called Police Scotland, will be accountable to the Scottish Parliament and will have 17,400 officers and 6,200 civilian staff - making it proportionately much larger than our Gardai. Cuts in these numbers are likely as the Scottish government has promised the merger will save 1.4 billion.
Is this a step in the direction of independence for Scotland? Or just a casual reform in policing. Police Scotland is now the 2nd largest force in the UK, after the London Met.