Aberdeen control room closure in July “astonishing”

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today described the news that Aberdeen’s police control room is now scheduled to close on 6th July as “astonishing”.

Lewis Macdonald said:

“It is only a week since Police Scotland were forced to admit that they would have to tender again for IT for their planned new “virtual control room” in the Central Belt, because the first tender process had been unsuccessful.

“It is less than three weeks since local SNP candidate Kevin Stewart told the audience of a BBC Radio Aberdeen hustings broadcast that the ongoing review of the closure process could result in the Aberdeen control room at Queen Street remaining open.

“In fact, last year’s report by HM Inspector of Constabulary Derek Penman following the M9 tragedy called for all closure plans to be halted until existing problems with staffing had been resolved. Given the time needed to do that properly, and the problems with IT, it is hard to believe that this announcement is in line with Mr Penman’s recommendations.

“This should have been the time to take a step back and revisit the closure plans, not to speed up the process as if nothing had changed.

“It is not a good start for Nicola Sturgeon on the day of her re-election to the post of First Minister. The people of Aberdeen and the North East must hope it is not a sign of things to come.”

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