Council to highlight positive policing

Police Scotland.
Police Scotland.

Aberdeenshire Council will make a submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing highlighting how police reform has impacted positively on local communities.

The request from parliament for views on newly-merged Police Scotland will also highlight areas which are giving cause for concern.

Shadow Leader of the Council Councillor Hamish Vernal felt the report given to councillors was not sufficiently positive in its approach and not giving an accurate picture of the reality of policing on the ground.

He said: “I agree with the Administration where it suggests that the Parliamentary Committee should scrutinise police performance in road safety education, crime prevention and effectiveness of the police force.

“Where I disagree is that there is no mention in this report of the many positive aspects to local policing which have happened since police reform.

“We need to present to Parliament a balanced view of local policing but also an accurate one and I am pleased that the SNP Group was able to build consensus with the Administration Group to amend the council’s submission to reflect that,” the shadow leader added.