Highlands & Islands

New role for Inverness police control room

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Image caption Call handling at Inverness will be handed over to a national service centre later this year

Inverness' police control room will have a new role as a centre for Police Scotland's criminal history system.

Ch Supt Julian Innes, divisional commander for the Highlands, said the facility would handle information on people with criminal convictions.

The site's role dealing with 999 calls is to be handed over to a national service centre in central Scotland later this year.

Ch Supt Innes said the Inverness jobs would be retained.

As well as dealing with information on convictions, Inverness staff will deal with records about vehicles.

Last month, Police Scotland said it would be ready to begin a process of changing its system for handling calls from June this year.

Ch Supt Alan Spiers told BBC Radio Scotland that call handling would move from its control room in Dundee to its national service centre in central Scotland in that month.

The processes to close control rooms in Aberdeen and Inverness would take place from August to October, he said.

Highland Council has raised concerns about the loss of local knowledge once the Inverness service shuts.

Council leader Margaret Davidson said the local authority "was convinced that it was safer" that calls from within Highland, a region about the same size of Belgium, were handled locally.

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