Police, Fire and Rescue Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 10 January 2013
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Stephen Thompson (Convener)-Annandale North
Rob Davidson-Abbey
Jack Groom-Nith
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Ronnie E Ogilvie-Annandale South
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Gavin Stevenson - Chief Executive
Patrick Shearer - Chief Constable
Graham Galloway - Superintendent
Hamish McGhie - T/Depute Chief Fire Officer
Liz Manson - Senior Manager Planning and Performance
Carol Henshall - Pathfinder Co-Ordinator
Claire Caution - Committee Clerk
Apologies:
Ian Blake (Vice Convener) - Abbey
Grahame Forster - Wigtown West
Marion McCutcheon - Stranraer and North Rhins
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

8 Members present, 3 apologies

 

PROCEDURE - The Convenor intimated that, with the agreement of Members, he intended to take an an additional item of business regarding the temporary arrangement for the discharge of Deputy Chief Constable responsibilities and an additional item of exempt business regarding an appoointment due to the need for a decision.  A paper would be circulated, at which time Members would be asked if they required to declare an interest in each particular item.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 22 NOVEMBER 2012 - FOR APPROVAL

Decision

 

APPROVED

4 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 6 DECEMBER 2012 - FOR APPROVAL

Decision

 

APPROVED

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

Decision

 

NOTED

 

5.1     the update on the Scottish Public Finance Manual and its implications for pre-emption clauses: and 

 

5.2     the current status of the work programme to assure the winding down of the Council as a Police and Fire and Rescue Authority.

6 STRATEGIC PRIORITIES FOR THE SCOTTISH FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO THE POLICE, FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY

Decision

 

AGREED

 

6.1     to participate in the joint response with other local partners to the Scottish Government on the consultations;

 

6.2     an additional to the response on the Strategic Police Priorities as follows:-

- Priority 3: there must be open communication and ongoing engagement between local officers/Elected Members and the Scottish Police Service/Board to ensure that there is appropriate accountability at both local and national levels for the policing services that are to be delivered;

6.3     additions to the draft response on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Framework Strategic Priorities as follows:
- to provide a summary of our proposed Strategic Objectives for the Framework at the start of our response
- Priorities: Complaints and Risk Management - that the SFRS should address issues as locally as possible and any lessons learned are shared and built into the organisation’s practices and procedures
Priority - response and resilience - this should be the first Strategic Priority and should include a commitment to at least maintaining and improving where possible, response times
Priority - Workforce - reference to maximising employment opportunities across the country, particularly for under-represented groups, e.g young people, and people in rural areas
Priority - Specialist Resources and National Capacity - reference to the expertise that exists in local areas e.g. dealing with specific types of emergencies like flooding and Foot and Mouth
Priority - Local Fire and Rescue Plans - there must be open communication and ongoing engagement between local officers/Elected Members and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service/Board to ensure that there is appropriate accountability at both local and national levels for the fire and rescue services that are to be delivered; 
 

6.4     to highlight in the response that the central ambition of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is making our communities safer and stronger, and the first statement in the Consultation Context about ‘sustainable economic growth’ as the central ambition is therefore inappropriate; and

6.5     NOTED that the Transition Project Communications Plan included regular messages being issued from the Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Service and the Council Communications Units to provide reassurance to the public about the continuity of high quality and responsive policing and fire and rescue services in our region
 

MEMBER - Yen Hongmei Jin left the meeting - 7 Members present

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

Decision

 

NOTED that there was one item of ordinary business and one item of exempt business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision

  


 

8 TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DISCHARGE OF DEPUTY CHIEF CONSTABLE RESPONSIBILITIES - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Decision

 

NOTED

8.1     that Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Kathleen Thomson has now reverted to Chief Superintendent within the force;

8.2     that Chief Superintendent Thomson has been successful in securing a position on the Police National Strategic Command Course commencing 7 January 2013; and

 

8.3     that the Deputy Chief Constable, Mike McCormick although working on Police Reform would retain the role of Deputy Chief Constable in Dumfries and Galloway until 31 March 2013, and would retain direct responsibility for overseeing complaints

8.4     the arrangements in place to discharge the other aspects of the role of the Deputy Chief Constable by the remaining members of the senior management team
 

9 LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED to adopt a resolution to exclude the public in terms of paragraph 1 of part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government Act 1973

EXEMPT
10 APPOINTMENT

SUMMARY - Members were presented with a letter to the Chief Executive, received that day, from the Chief Constable of Police Scotland dated 9 January 2013 regarding the nomination of the Local Police Commander for Dumfries and Galloway Division in the new Police Scotland structure

Decision

NOTED the support of the Chief Executive, and fully ENDORSED for the nomination for the Area Commander for Dumfries and Galloway Division in the new Police Scotland Structure