Dr McLeod commented:
“Last Friday’s announcement has caused widespread shock and anger. I don’t think that six days notice of a decision of this importance is anywhere near enough time for us to see whether there is any option for locating national police support jobs in Dumfries.
“People are very angry indeed with this approach and I fully support them in that. I have already written to both the Chief Constable and the Chairman of the Scottish Police Authority, to which he is accountable, to advise them of those concerns but I wanted to contact every Board member today to urge them not to make a final decision tomorrow.
“I have also asked whether they are satisfied that Dumfries was ever considered as a location for any of the national force support services. I certainly want to know whether any future role for Dumfries in these new plans was ever considered.
“I know it is a last-minute please, but I hope that the members of the SPA Board will recognise the anger and dismay across Dumfries & Galloway and take more time to examine the alternatives.”
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SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod has today (Wednesday) contacted all members of the Scottish Police Authority Board in a last-ditch effort to persuade the Board to delay making a decision on restructuring police control rooms, including the closure of the Dumfries control room, to allow for full local consultation. Dr McLeod is also asking the Board to consider what national police support services could be located in Dumfries.