Merger of police and fire services risks alienating north-east communities

Aberdeenshire Council has published a response to a Scottish Government consultation on the impact of Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire Service.

Although the council has credited both organisations for their continued “active role” in local matters, concerns have been raised about “balancing centralisation with localism”. The Council claims local knowledge and vital north-east resources have been lost with the roll-out of the single police and fire service.

Liam said: “This erosion of local accountability and scrutiny is one of the reasons why many people argued against the creation of the single force in the first place. I hope that senior officers at Police Scotland will take on board this important contribution from Aberdeenshire Council.”

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