Macdonald condemns SNP response to HMICS report

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today condemned Justice Secretary Michael Matheson’s response to questions about the HM Inspector of Constabulary’s interim report on call handling in Scotland.

Speaking after raising the issue of inadequate resourcing for the closure-threatened 101 service centre and 999 control room in Aberdeen, Lewis Macdonald said today:

“Michael Matheson completely misrepresented the HMICS findings in his answer to my question.

“Derek Penman, HM Inspector of Constabulary, has concluded that the plans to close service centres and control rooms across the North and North East have been under-resourced, and that this had led to pressure on staff and a loss of public confidence in police services.

“This is an interim report, and Mr Penman does not comment on the policy decision to close control rooms, only on how badly it has been done. The decision to close is the responsibility of the Scottish Government, yet Michael Matheson and his SNP colleagues seem to be happy to pass the buck for this decision to anyone but themselves.

“The only way to resolve this resourcing problem is to recruit more staff, and the only way to recruit more staff is to give prospective employees job security by scrapping the closure plans.

“Michael Matheson showed today that is he not listening to the people of Aberdeen and the North East who have said loud and clear that they want local police services retained.”


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