Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray raised local concerns with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland and Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at a recent meeting of the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee. She requested that in future the Inspectorates seek the views of people in Dumfries and Galloway regarding whether they were content with the operation of the national services.
Elaine Murray commented:
"The Inspectors spoke about the importance of localism but I felt they were complacent about how the national services were operating - they had spoken to stakeholders in Lanarkshire and Fife but not in this area. I find this surprising considering Dumfries and Galloway has been at the front line of the cuts to control rooms and it was clear at the time the announcements were made that there had been no loca, input into the decisions.
"We've also had the issue of the deployment of armed police on routine partols - something which never happened in Dumfries and Galloway but has now been introduced the the Chief Constable of Police Scotland without any consideration of the views of local people.
"I hope when the Inspectors come back before the Justice Committee next yaer they will have been more rigorous in examining whether localism is actually operating"