Published: 18/08/2017 19:00 - Updated: 18/08/2017 13:07

Police 'broke promises' over control room closure

 

Margaret Davidson
Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson has said she was disappointed over Police Scotland plans for changes in Inverness.

HIGHLAND Council leader Margaret Davidson has accused Police Scotland of breaking promises on new jobs ahead of the controversial closure of the Inverness-based control room next month.

She has said she was "extremely disappointed" following her meeting with Assistant Chief Constable John Hawkins on Wednesday.

Despite strongly maintaining that switching the call centre to Dundee was a retrograde step, she said, politicians were placated to an extent by apparently being told that Inverness was to get a new National Database Enquiry Unit (NDEU) and existing control room posts would be absorbed into this with the possibility of extra jobs.

But it then transpired that Inverness would be sharing the NDEU role with an existing centre in Govan.

Councillor Davidson said: "I hope that the Scottish Police Authority will seriously question this recommendation."

ACC Hawkins said: "The new Inverness unit will use the skills and expertise of existing staff in this critical function supporting local policing."

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