Emergency calls to the police from across the North East of Scotland will no longer be handled by the Aberdeen Control Room. From today, all calls will now be redirected to the new control room in Dundee.
North East MSP Mike Rumbles has called on concerned communities to monitor the situation and make their views heard if the quality of the service changes for the worse.
Mr Rumbles said: “The Liberal Democrats have been firmly opposed to these changes. We do not believe that local communities can possibly receive the same level of service from the new multi-regional office that they already do from local control experts.
“The local staff know the roads, they know the place names and they know the geography. The new control staff in Dundee will be expected to provide the same level of service for communities across the whole of the North East, both the Northern and Western Isles and the Highlands. That’s not going to happen.
“In Parliament, we have already heard anecdotal evidence about the changes to Fire Control earlier this year, such as a fire engines in John O’Groats being sent to Orkney! Not good enough. This is SNP centralisation, nothing more, and it may not even save the police money.
“I urge everyone affected by these changes to keep a close watch on the new control room and if they feel the service has failed them in any way to contact their local MSP, MP or councillor as well as their local police station.”