McArthur responds to PIRC findings

A new report from PIRC into the death of a vulnerable woman in May last year has highlighted the need for Police Scotland to “revisit its commitment” to reviewing resource allocation and call handling issues.

The family of the 39 year-old woman called the police at 13:55 on 8th May 2018. The call was designated Grade 2, requiring staff to make every effort to allocate resources to the call within 15 minutes, but there were no available police resources. A police sergeant attended the woman’s address of his own initiative at 17:00, before returning again at 21:00 to conduct a cursory search. The woman was found following a further search by officers at 02:30.

Commenting on the findings, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“I send my deepest sympathies to the family of the woman at the heart of this tragic case.

“The response to this call raises serious questions about the level of police resources and the degree to which officers are stretched day in day out. This isn’t the first time a PIRC review has reported on the pressures on the frontline.

“The public will expect the national force and ministers to learn from this, starting with looking at how to prevent calls for help being left this long again.”

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