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SPA consider proposal to enhance police control centres

28th January 2014

Photograph of SPA consider proposal to enhance police control centres

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) will consider strategic proposals from Police Scotland to enhance the service provided by its Contact, Command and Control Centres at the Authority’s next public board meeting on Thursday 30 January in the Trades Hall, Glassford Street, Glasgow.

In considering this proposal, the SPA will test the evidence that underpins the recommended course of action. Some of the key areas SPA members will explore in their scrutiny include;

• The rationale for change, why it is necessary now and what benefits it will bring to the service.
• The reasoning and evidence behind the proposals and locations identified as well as the impact on staff/officers and the communities affected.
• What consideration was given to collaboration with partners as part of the proposals;
• and that there is a clear and compelling financial case for this proposal detailing the investment required and what efficiencies will be delivered and when.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Vic Emery OBE, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority said:“We recognise that this is a complex and sensitive proposal, which has long-term implications for the organisation of policing and the services engagement with local communities.

“Before taking a decision on whether this proposal is progressed, SPA members will ensure, through rigorous scrutiny in a public setting, that the rationale behind this proposal is well-evidenced, that the delivery plan is sound and that the outcome will deliver service benefits for all parts of Scotland.”

A full agenda and papers relating to this meeting are available from the meetings and papers section of our website. The Authority is the body responsible for driving improvement in Scottish policing and holding the Chief Constable of Police Scotland to account. Interested members of the public and representatives of the media are welcome to attend and observe the meeting.

Agenda and Papers

For those unable to attend in person, the Authority will live stream meetings online. The live streaming of the Scottish Police Authority meeting can be accessed at:

Meeting Times 2.30pm - 5.00pm

However, please be aware live streaming of the SPA Board meeting could be interrupted due to transmission issues beyond our control.

The SPA will also be live tweeting from the public meeting. The SPA’s corporate account can be followed at [AT]ScotPolAuth. Follow us to be kept updated during the meeting.

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The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) was established under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 to maintain policing, promote policing principles and continuous improvement of policing, and to hold the Chief Constable to account. The SPA Board was appointed in October 2012. The former Police boards such as Northern Contabulary area ceased when the SPA came into being.

Police care outside Wick police station.
Many police stations are no longer manned 24 hours. Most contacts are now by phone and cell phones. There are call facilities at Wick police station at out of office times. the connection is to the police call centre and local police will respond to emergencies as before.


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