Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur are demanding the Scottish Government reverse Police Scotland’s planned closure of the Aberdeen and Inverness police control rooms later this year.
Following the tragic loss of 2 lives on the M( near Stirling where Police Scotland failed to reach the crash site for three days, the proposed closures are being scrutinised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS). This investigation is scheduled to report at the end of October. However the Scottish Government and Police Scotland are driving on with their programme of closures.
Commenting, Tavish Scott said:
‘‘The Scottish Government should step in and cancel these control room closures. Police Scotland’s chief will force these closures unless he is stopped by Ministers. This is now a real test of public accountability and confidence over policing in Scotland. There is now a cross-party consensus amongst opposition MSPs opposed to the Scottish Government’s centralisation of our vital public services. It will be interesting to see if SNP and other independence supporting MSP’s back the needs of the Highlands & Islands or back the SNP Government.
‘‘The tragic crash on the M9 and the lack of response by Police Scotland demonstrates how vital local expertise is for effective policing. A single, centralised police force is not working and centralising control rooms will make this worse. The HMIC investigation is very important. The Government must heed its findings before any further closures take place. ’