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Control rooms warning.

A LEADING police officer has warned that closing control rooms after the merger of all eight Scots forces is too high a risk in the short term.

The warning was made by Chief Constable Kevin Smith, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos).

He said he hopes staff and the public alike will notice little change when the new Police Service of Scotland is established next year.

But he added: "To try to reduce and rationalise our contact centres and control rooms is too high-risk in the short term."

The potential closure of contact centres was raised at Holyrood by Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, who opposes the decision to adopt a single national force.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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