Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Dumfries & Galloway MP Russell Brown have expressed their disappointment after discovering that less than half of the workforce at the Dumfries Police control room were redeployed by Police Scotland following the closure.
The figures were revealed by Police Scotland in response to a freedom of information request from Ms Murray.
Of the 34 staff members affected by the closure, 15 were redeployed, 17 took voluntary redundancy and 2 took voluntary early retirement.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“This is another blow for the local women who worked in the Dumfries Police control room. Less than half of them have managed to remain working for Police Scotland. Not only has the closure of the control room had a long term impact on the majority of people working there; it has also meant the loss of local expertise from Police Scotland’s emergency control service. In not listening to the views of local people, who overwhelmingly opposed the closure of the control rooms, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government have failed the women who worked in the control room, their families and local communities.”
Dumfries & Galloway MP Russell Brown added:
“Our biggest fears when we first heard of the proposed closure of the Dumfries Police control room were redundancies and the loss of key local expertise from the police force. Unfortunately we have discovered that both fears have become a reality. This is a massive blunder from the Scottish Government. More should have been done to safe guard these jobs and keep the local expertise of the control room staff in this area.”