Clarification needed on HMICS recommendations - Lewis Macdonald


North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has today called on HM Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland, Derek Penman, to clarify which of his 30 recommendations regarding police call handling have been met, and which still remain outstanding.

Lewis Macdonald said today:

“In June this year, Mr Penman told me that he anticipated 18 of the 30 recommendations would be discharged by the end of that month. Yet in the Police Scotland paper presented to the SPA board meeting yesterday, it was revealed that, in fact, only 11 recommendations have been discharged in full, with a further three partially discharged.

“Presumably the further six-month delay in the planned date of closure of the Aberdeen police control room and the Bucksburn service centre is a result of the failure to meet the HMICS recommendations.

“Police Scotland cannot close centres in Aberdeen or Inverness until all these recommendations have been met and until the new contact, command and control system has been independently assured. Given that less than half of the recommendations made in November 2015 have been met, there must be some doubts as to whether Police Scotland can have everything in place by March 2017.

“I have written to Derek Penman to seek clarification on why so few of the recommendations have been met, and to ask if he shares my concerns regarding the new March 2017 deadline.

“The safety of any changes is of vital importance, but of course the best choice SNP Ministers can still make is to reverse the closure plans and maintain local control rooms and call centres in the North of Scotland.”



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