Drop merger plans urges MSP

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has said Police Scotland should drop plans to merge its Aberdeen City Division with the neighbouring division that covers Aberdeenshire and Moray.

In his response to the consultation, Mr Macdonald argued that no comparable city in Western Europe would be left without a senior police officer or a distinct police division of its own.

“There is a real risk of Aberdeen being treated as just another town, rather than recognised as a major urban centre in its own right,” he said.

“Merger of these police divisions could potentially leave Aberdeen with no ranking officer and no police headquarters.

“Aberdeen already faces the loss of its police and fire control rooms, and has seen the closure of Aberdeen Prison and a rundown in the police forensic service. Retaining a distinct Aberdeen City Division and a separate division for Aberdeenshire and Moray will be good for local communities and for the police service itself.”