“Disappointing” response to HMICS call handling report - Macdonald
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today criticised the Cabinet Secretary of Justice’s response to the HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland report on call handling, after he failed to respond to questions about the future of the Aberdeen control room and service centre.
Lewis Macdonald said today:
“The HMICS report clearly calls for independent assurances before any further actions are taken with regard to call handling in Scotland.
“Yet the Cabinet Secretary rejected any suggestion that this independent scrutiny might conclude that the best way forward for police call handling is to keep open the two facilities in Aberdeen.
“It appears that the future of Aberdeen’s control room and service centre has already been decided, and that the independent scrutiny called for by HMICS will end up as nothing more than a box ticking exercise, before Police Scotland and SNP Ministers continue with the plans as they now stand.
“It is disappointing that the Cabinet Secretary refused to address these concerns when I questioned him in the Scottish Parliament today.
“This report could have been an opportunity to make real improvements in the way Police Scotland manage their call handling procedure. Instead, SNP Ministers are determined to continue with business as usual, regardless of the impact this will have on local policing in the North East.”