The public is being encouraged to take its final opportunity to have a say in the future of the police estate in Scotland.
As part of Police Scotland’s Estates Strategy a review identified 53 properties across the country as having the potential for disposal. A public consultation was launched on 1 November 2017 and concludes at midnight on Wednesday 31 January 2018, giving members of the public another 48 hours to put their opinions forward. The vast majority of the premises involved are either empty already or will soon become empty, therefore the proposed changes will not impact on service to local communities.
Superintendent Angus MacInnes said, “There has been a strong response to the consultation thus far, with more than 1,300 submissions, but as it enters its final days we’d like to hear from as many people as possible.
“When Police Scotland came into existence in April 2013, we inherited a large estate from legacy forces. The demands on policing are now very different to those faced even in the recent past, with the public increasingly contacting officers by telephone or online, rather than via traditional face to face interactions in police offices. As a result, these premises have been identified as being potentially surplus to requirements.
“Work has been ongoing throughout the consultation period to engage with local communities, partners and stakeholders to get people involved. Officers have been encouraging members of the public to participate in the survey and have an input to the shape of policing in their home towns moving forward.”
Following the conclusion of the consultation period, the responses will be analysed and a report submitted to the Scottish Police Authority for approval.