D Division reps meet with Chief Superintendent

D Division reps at the meeting.

Scottish Police Federation reps met with Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd, who is the Divisional Commander for D Division, on Thursday August 29.

The meeting was attended by Gordon Milne, Marc Lorente, Shirley Moran, Pat Nicol and Sandy Smart at the SPF office in Dundee. 

This is a regular meeting that the divisional commander has with the local D Division reps. 

It provides the officers an opportunity to ask him and the division questions and receive answers directly.  

James Thomson, deputy secretary of the SPF’s north area committee, said: “This is an excellent way of ensuring there are open lines of communication and gives the reps the confidence that they are being listened to by senior management when they relay members’ concerns.

“There is nothing off the table and there is always some straight talking.

“It’s clear there have been some tough challenges over the last few months in particularly around resourcing, mobile device training, Operation Ambermule, annual leave and the deployment of the Brexit contingency, which are just some of the factors playing a part. 

“CS Todd outlined his plans and some of the innovative work he and his team are carrying out to try and meet the resourcing challenges. 

“If some of these plans are successful then they have the potential to have a really positive impact.”

D Division reps at the meeting.

Other matters discussed included OBL’s and the challenges faced by officers when seeking time off. 

Partnership working with other emergency services was also discussed, particularly concerns by officers who find themselves picking up the pieces and spending hours with vulnerable members of the public because there is no alternative place of safety for them. 

Concerns about officers being cited for court and not being called, which often disrupts rest days, annual leave and requires shift changes was also spoken about. 

CS Todd also took the opportunity to emphasize that there are processes in place to raise issues regarding estates, health and safety and equipment. 

It is crucial that he and his team see the whole picture and all officers are encouraged to go through the relevant processes and/or to submit near miss forms. 

CS Andrew Todd said: “I very much value the relationship Tayside Division has with the Scottish Police Federation. 

“They are not only able to contribute to the Division’s understanding of the views of officers and the pressures upon you but they are fully involved in many of the change projects and the overarching Continuous Improvement Board which I chair. 

“The contribution they bring to the early thinking around change, on your behalf, is positive and meaningful and certainly helps us quickly identify what more we can do to continue to make the Division an ongoing success in the face of the challenges we all face. 

“I enjoy regular meetings with all elected representatives where there is a very open and honest discussion about challenges and opportunities and I am happy to listen and consider the advice offered on your behalf. 

“We may differ sometimes in our views, but we never differ in our drive to improve the welfare of staff and service we provide to our communities.”