Quantcast
Police Scotland facing ‘damning’ review - MSP - DNG Online Limited
Skip to content

Police Scotland facing ‘damning’ review — MSP

Share
1 Share
By DnG24 Newsdesk
Annan and Eskdale
Police Scotland facing ‘damning’ review -- MSP

THERE are suggestions that an assessment of call handling at Police Scotland will include ‘damning’ criticism.

PROTESTS . . . the former Dumfries and Galloway Police Control Room at Cornwall Mount, Dumfries, was closed last year

 

The claim was made by South of Scotland Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume as he responded to an interim review of the service by the police watchdog, HMICS.

It called for the suspension of planned closures of call centres in the north of Scotland until a new centralised area control room was fully operational.

Mr Hume stated the report indicated pressure of call demand on remaining staff  in some control rooms remained ‘unacceptably high’ and that the current practice of diverting unanswered ‘overflow’ calls between sites in Govan, Motherwell and Bilston Glen was creating additional risk.

The HMICS review was ordered after the tragic deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell following a crash on the M9 which took Police Scotland around three days to respond.

Dumfries and Galloway Police control room at Cornwall Mount was closed last year and call handling operations were relocated between centres at Glasgow and Motherwell.

Mr Hume said: “This review has revealed that systemic problems in police control rooms present a continued risk to the public.

“The interim report just scratches the surface of the problems in control rooms. I fear there is more to come when the full report comes out and when Police Investigations and Review Commissioner’s investigation is completed.

“People will want assurances that immediate steps will be taken to reduce pressure on control room staff and to prevent any more calls from slipping through the net.”

 

NEWSDESK: 01461-202417

Shooting range plans must be resubmitted

Shooting range plans must be resubmitted

PLANS for a shooting range near Samye Ling monastery will need to be taken for community consultation after a planning appeal was ruled invalid.

Front

16th Jan

Listening ear for region’s veterans

By Fiona Reid | DNG24

Listening ear for region’s veterans

A UNIQUE service providing pastoral care for military veterans and their families in Scotland has been extended into this region.

Continue reading
Businesses share their concerns

Businesses share their concerns

INCREASING costs, economic uncertainty and supply chain issues are the main concerns of 2022 for South of Scotland businesses.