Risk of faceless organisation

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A North East MSP has criticised Police Scotland after a nationwide review of public counter services has recommend 65 stations across Scotland - including Brechin - close their front desks.

Alison McInnes, who is also justice spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, has said that the force are turning their backs on North East communities.

Ms McInnes commented: “The police have turned their backs on many North East communities and local policing is being eroded. The proposed closure of 65 public counters in police stations across Scotland could have a real impact on long-established links between police and our communities.

“People rightly value being able to report issues directly to their local police station. Now it seems that some people will have no option but to make a phone call to a remote call centre and speak to an operator who will not boast the same depth of local knowledge as our local officers.

“After decades of building a reputation as the stewards of the community, our local police risk becoming a faceless organisation.”