Aberdeenshire police division to be merged

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Aberdeenshire police division will soon bemerged into a North East Division in an attempt to streamline resources.

Police Scotland have said the new division, which will merge the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire & Moray Divisions will strengthen local policing.

Assistant Chief Constable Derek Robertson, who is in charge of Local Policing in the North, said: “We believe the creation of a single division will mean that a more flexible approach to the deployment of officers and will enhance our capability at an operational level, enabling us to strengthen the local policing we provide to communities across the North East.”

The new North East Division will be based at Queen Street, Aberdeen, and it is anticipated to be created in January 2016.

Police Scotland say that Aberdeenshire Council were consulted on the immilgamation of the three divisions.

Councillor Richard Thomson, Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, said: “Like all public sector agencies, Police Scotland are facing significant budget challenges, and they must consider all opportunities to streamline their operations.

“Our residents want to feel that money is spent on local policing so they feel safe in their daily lives.”

There will be no change to the Local Area Command structure with the new North East division though a new Superintendant role will be created to oversee local partnerships.

As there are already some services shared between the three divisions Police Scotland believe theat a single division will enable greater co-operatio n.

Cllr Thomson said: ““Merger of the divisions can generate the savings needed to protect frontline policing, whilst maintaining operational effectiveness and retaining access to the full national resources of Police Scotland.

“That should be welcomed.”