Council approves ‘in principle’ decision to reinstate Police Community Action Teams
Midlothian Council has agreed in principle to the reinstatement of Police Community Action Teams in the area. Funding for the 2 teams of 7 police officers was phased out in April of this year as part of a savings package. However, the newly elected council administration has won backing from councillors to look at reinstating the posts.
Costs and timescales
At the first meeting of the new Midlothian Council on Tuesday, May 23, councillors approved a motion instructing council officials to negotiate with Police Scotland on the costs of implementing the change in the current and future years, and to determine the timescales in which this could be achieved.
Councillors have also called for a service level agreement to be negotiated with Police Scotland to ensure that council funding would provide police officers additional to those posts which are funded centrally.
The aim is to present a report on the negotiations to the next meeting of the full council at the end of June or a soon as possible afterwards, to allow a final decision to be taken.