Calls for police to issue figures of officers in Angus being moved to control rooms

Sanjay Samani

Sanjay Samani

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Calls are being made for the police to issue the numbers of officers in Angus who are being moved off the streets to a control room.

Angus Lib Dem campaigner Sanjay Samani has called on Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith to issue the figures.

Mr Samani said: “It is clear to me having heard from serving police that the SNP/Police Scotland policy of massive cuts in civilian staff has meant uniformed police having to pick up administrative work.

“Police officers inevitably have less time to be on the beat.

“Now we hear that five per cent of Tayside’s experienced police officers are being moved from the streets to a control room.

“I am very worried about the effect of this on the performance of our police force and most especially in our burghs and towns in Angus and the Mearns.”

Angus Councillor David May added: “The SNP policy of police centralisation has been an abject failure.

“Although our hardworking local police have been doing a superb job with less time to do it, we have faced massive problems in areas like parking in our towns and closure of local police offices.”