Police, Fire and Rescue Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 22 November 2012
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Stephen Thompson (Convener)-Annandale North
Ian Blake (Vice Convener)-Abbey
Rob Davidson-Abbey
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Jack Groom-Nith
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Marion McCutcheon-Stranraer and North Rhins
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Patrick Shearer - Chief Constable
Mike Leslie - Chief Superintendent
Carol Henshall - Change Co-ordinator
Sharon Melville - Diversity Officer
Claire Thomson - Clerk
Apologies:
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway
Ronnie E Ogilvie - Annandale South
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

8 Members present, 2 Apologies

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

 
3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 11 OCTOBER 2012

Decision

 

APPROVED

 
4 POLICE CAPITAL PROGRAMME MONITORING 2012-13 AS AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 - REPORT BY CHIEF CONSTABLE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1  the capital expenditure of £397,581 to September 2011 in relation to the 2011/12 Police Capital Programme; and

 

4.2  the progress and re-profiling to date along with the projected spend on each of the projects against budget.

 
5 POLICE REVENUE BUDGET MONITORING 2012-13 AS AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 - REPORT BY CHIEF CONSTABLE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

5.1   the currently projected under spend of £241k for this fiscal year due mainly to the continuation of tight spending control and the ongoing identification of efficiencies; and

 

5.2  the additional income received in 2012-13 both in respect of the provision of officers and staff to police the Olympics and additional funding streams as at detailed in paragraph 3.1.5.

 
6 CLOSURE OF SINGLE EQUALITY SCHEME - REPORT BY CHIEF CONSTABLE

Decision

 

6.1  NOTED the transference of those actions to be continued to relevant business areas; and

 

6.2  APPROVED the closure of the Single Equality Scheme.

 
7 DEPLOYMENT OF POLICE OFFICER TO SRI LANKA - REPORT BY CHIEF CONSTABLE

PROCEDURE - The Chairman intimated, that with the consent of Members, he intended to consider items 7 and 14 together.  This was agreed.  The items in this Minute are recorded in the order in which they appeared on the agenda

 

Decision

 

7.1  NOTED that the Chief Constable had endorsed the proposal for a Dumfries and Galloway Police Officer to travel to Sri Lanka to deliver accredited training, between 16 January and 2 February 2013 and 13 to 23 March 2013, which will assist the Sri Lankan Police in the development of a Community Policing model; and

 

7.2  AGREED the proposal to send an officer to Sri Lanka.

 
8 NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE - REPORT BY CHIEF CONSTABLE

Decision

 

8.1  NOTED the work being undertaken on the national Infrastructure as outlined in paragraphs 3.4 to 3.6; and

 

8.2  AGREED to receive further reports at appropriate milestones.

 
9 POLICE AND FIRE REFORM - PROGRESS UPDATE - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO THE POLICE, FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

MEMBER: Rob Davidson entered the meeting - 9 Members present

 

Decision

 

9.1  NOTED the current status of the work programme to assure the winding down of the Council as a Police and Fire and Rescue Authority; and

 

9.2  AGREED that the arrangements in place to address the risks identified were adequate and proportionate.

 

 

 
10 POLICE AND FIRE REFORM - POLICE STAFF TRANSFER - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO THE POLICE, FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

Decision

 

10.1  NOTED the current status of the work programme to assure arrangements for the transfer of staff to the Police Authority of Scotland and Chief Constable of Scotland as appropriate; and

 

10.2  AGREED that the arrangements in place to address the risks identified were adequate and proportionate.

 
11 POLICE AND FIRE REFORM - FIRE AND RESCUE STAFF TRANSFER - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO THE FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

MEMBER: Jack Groom left the meeting - 8 Members present

 

Decision

 

11.1  NOTED the current status of the work programme to assure arrangements for the transfer of staff to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; and

 

11.2  AGREED that the arrangements in place to address the risks identified were adequate and proportionate.

 
12 POLICE AND FIRE REFORM - TRANSFER OF POLICE AUTHORITY ASSETS, RIGHTS, LIABILITIES AND OBLIGATIONS - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO THE POLICE, FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

Decision

 

12.1  NOTED the current status of the work programme to assure the identification and transfer of Police Authority, Property, Rights and Obligations; and

 

12.2 AGREED, having scrutinised the detail in Appendices 2 and 3, that the arrangements in place were adequate and proportionate.

 
13 POLICE AND FIRE REFORM - TRANSFER OF FIRE AND RESCUE ASSETS, RIGHTS, LIABILITIES AND OBLIGATIONS - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO POLICE, FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

Decision

 

13.1  NOTED the current status of the work programme to assure the identification and transfer of Fire and Rescue Authority, Property, Rights and Obligations; and

 

13.2  AGREED, having scrutinised the detail provided in Appendices 2 and 3, that the arrangements in place were adequate and proportionate.

 
HOMOLOGATION
14 DEPLOYMENT OF POLICE OFFICER TO SRI LANKA - REPORT BY T/DEPUTY CHIEF CONSTABLE

Decision

 

14.1  NOTED that the T/Deputy Chief Constable had endorsed the proposal for a Dumfries and Galloway Police Officer to travel to Sri Lanka to deliver accredited training, between 23 November and 12 December 2012, which will assist the Sri Lankan Police in the development of the Community Policing model; and

 

14.2  HOMOLOGATED the decision of the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Convener and Vice Convener, in agreeing the proposal to send an officer to Sri Lanka.

 
15 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

15.1  SPPF ANNUAL REPORT

 

Decision

 

NOTED the publication of the annual Scottish Policing Performance Framework Report which demonstrated the positive performance by Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary in the context of Scottish Policing, most significantly in terms of detection rates for recorded crimes; public satisfaction rates; low sickness absence rates and cost per head of population which was less than the Scottish average.

 

15.2 BEST VALUE AUDIT REPORT

 

Decision

 

15.2.1 NOTED the publication of the report on best value in Police Authorities and Police Forces in Scotland and that figures used in the Report in relation to cost per head of population for Dumfries and Galloway and other forces, were not current and accurate. The conclusions outlined in the report, based on these figures were not a true reflection of the circumstances. This is the second time in twelve months when such an error has occurred in an Audit Scotland BV report (Lothian and Borders Police report) and has wrongly portrayed Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary as the most expensive force per head of population; and

 

15.2.2 AGREED that the Clerk to the Police Authority, in consultation with the Convener and Chief Constable, write to Audit Scotland to convey the Police Authority's displeasure at this error; that for this misinformation to remain on public record was unacceptable; that it was insufficient to issue a corrigenda for such a material error; and that the report required to be withdrawn and republished with the correct statistics and analysis.

Committee Administrator - PFRC

Action Details

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15 Action by Committee Administrator - PFRC - completed