The latest North Area Committee Meeting was held on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5thDecember 2017.
On the first day we were delighted to have ACC John Hawkins along to provide us with his views on the area he commands and to provide an update on other areas within his portfolio including Local Approaches to Policing and the closure of the Inverness ACR. At the heart of the Local Approaches to Policing project is the maxim, “one size does not fit all”. His update was very well received by the members present and he too welcomed the feedback and interaction.
Calum Steele, General Secretary also attended to provide the committee with an overview of the negotiating conditions being faced in the current tough economic climate. It was clear that the negotiating environment has been understandably difficult for almost a decade and this is likely to continue into future years.
During the rest of the meeting the reps received updates on a variety of topics including 2026, Conduct, Equality and Health & Safety issues on a local and national level. One of the points of concern raised was that it is planned for the near future to have national promotion process panels no further north than Perth. This clearly raises considerable concern over the fairness of the process for officers in the North area. The committee were in agreement that while officers are free to choose where they go for interview, it should not be commonplace nor be expected for an officer to have travel from, for example, Thurso, Peterhead or the islands to Perth to attend an interview. This adds significant disadvantage to an already challenging time. This matter will be raised as a priority so that it can be addressed.