Macdonald seeks answers on Aberdeen police control room future
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has called on the Scottish Government to spell out the measures it intends to take to implement the recommendations of the recent report into call handling by HM Inspector of constabulary, Derek Penman.
The report called for new staff to be recruited to replace those who’ve left Aberdeen’s 999 control room, as well as the 101 service centre in Bucksburn since the end of 2013, and for closure plans at the two facilities to be suspended.
After tabling a series of questions regarding the specific details of the HMICS recommendations, Lewis Macdonald said today:
“Derek Penman was very clear in his recommendations regarding the future of the 999 control room in Aberdeen and Bucksburn’s 101 service centre.
“There are too few staff at either facility to cope with demand, and recruitment needs to begin immediately in order to fill those vacancies. Police Scotland has been forced to make these cuts in the first place because of the draconian budget cuts imposed by SNP Ministers, so it is only right that they foot the bill to fix their mistakes.
“The Scottish Government has some serious questions to answer regarding the future of the North East’s control room and service centre. The HMICS recommendations deal with the short-term needs, but it the responsibility of Michael Matheson and his colleagues to look again at the long-term plans.
“It is clear the process has been mismanaged from the start, and the only way to guarantee that levels of service are restored is to scrap the closure plans and give highly-trained call-handling staff at Aberdeen and Bucksburn security for the future.”