Police control room closes

The closure of Dumfries Police Control Centre was confirmed at a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority’s Human Resources and Remuneration Committee last week.

The controversial move by Police Scotland to amalgamate its control centres into sites further north has sparked outrage from local politicians who have feared the move for months.

MP Russell Brown said that Police Scotland had “lost the right to call itself a national police force”. He added: “They have closed public service desks in local police stations and now they have closed our local control room. If you include the closures of our local courts, you can see that the heart is being ripped out of our local justice system.”

South Scotland MSP, Claudia Beamish, spoke of her disappointment at the news.

She said: “Once again, we are looking at the loss of skilled jobs in the region and the latest shift to more centralised policing.”