Disappointment over report plans

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Councillors have expressed disappointment at proposed plans for reduced Police Scotland reports at their monthly area committee.

Currently, elected officials receive a detailed monthly report of incidents, arrests and other police operations from Chief Inspector for Levenmouth Graeme Kinmond.

However, at the most recent Levenmouth Area Committee meeting it was revealed that this practice may not continue, with reports scaled back to six-monthly instead.

The news did not go down well with a number of councillors, including Councillor Charles Haffey who said c0uncillors on other area committees were often jealous of the level of reporting Leven councillors receive.

Committee chairman Cllr Tom Adams said: “They have been speaking about only giving us a report every six months and I’m not happy about that. I would prefer the same level of report which we are getting now.

“If anything, I think I would compromise for a report to be produced every three months, but these plans for six monthly reports is just no good.

“I am really disappointed that things are going down this road because everyone on the area committee wants it to continue because we all think that it is always a great report and it helps us to see what is going on in the area and to see that the police are doing their job.

“And it’s good for the police as well, so to lose a monthly report is a big disappointment.”

Councillors agreed to send a letter to Chief Superintendent Garry McEwan for Fife Division addressing their concerns.

Although councillors had not received a reply at the time of going to Press, Chief Supt McEwan told the Mail that a meeting had been held about police reports just last week.

“I had a meeting last Wednesday with Councillors David Ross and Neil Crooks to discuss the reporting mechanisms. An agreement was reached for there to be three monthly reporting to ensure the consistency of approach across all area committees.

“A new reporting template was also agreed upon which will provide far more information for scrutiny by councillors.”

He added: “It is important that police link in with and keep locally elected members briefed on local policing and this is what I intend to continue.”