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D&G control room closures debated

Plans to close police control rooms across Scotland have been debated in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

Proposals by Police Scotland would see sites across the country shut.

One of the first earmarked for closure is Dumfries, which could close as early as April with the loss of 30 posts.

MSPs from all areas challenged Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill at Holyrood, who visited Dumfries yesterday.

Dumfries police control room - 34 jobs at risk

First tonight, the justice secretary for Scotland Kenny MacAskill has been in Dumfries to see how the Police Scotland set up is working in the region.

However, all anyone really wanted to talk to him about was the future of Dumfries police control centre.

It was revealed, in a leaked memo on Friday, that the control room could close in April with the loss of 34 posts.

The move has been condemned by unions and some local politicians. Police Scotland says it will lead to improvements in its service. Kim Inglis has been in Dumfries.

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Justice Minister to visit Dumfries policing service

Scottish Justice secretary Kenny Macaskill is visiting Dumfries today, as the row over the police control room there continues.

Mr MacAskill will hear about the work of units introduced by Police Scotland such as the Trunk Roads Policing Team and specialist Divisional Rape Investigation Team.

A report about Police Scotland's contact centres and control rooms will be presented to the Scottish Police Authority Board on Thursday 30th January.

It includes proposals to close the services in Dumfries, a move that's been criticised by the local MP, Russell Brown.

Full report: Justice Minister visits Dumfries and Galloway Police

The Scottish Justice Minister gave assurances today that local policing issues won't suffer when the eight forces in Scotland merge into one next month.

Kenny MacAskill was paying his last visit to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.

He met drug enforcement officers in Dumfries who have just arrested scores of people in an operation to crack down on local gangs.

Matthew Taylor has this report:

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Cabinet Secretary for Justice visits Dumfries

Kenny MacAskill Credit: PA

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, is visiting Dumfries and Galloway Police station today, before all forces in Scotland amalgamate on 1st April.

Mr MacAskill will meet with Chief Constable Shearer, where he will hear from officers about their recent work on a region-wide drugs operation.

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