The Highlands and Islands police control room has closed in Inverness.
From today area control functions will be dealt with from Dundee.
999 and 101 calls will be handled by Police Scotland’s service centre (PSSC) three
sites across Bilston Glen, Motherwell and Govan.
Final approval for the switch was granted on Monday.
Now the whole of Scotland will be covered by a single police command and control
This will give a more effective response to critical and major incidents said Police
Assistant chief constable John Hawkins said: “Currently Highland and Islands Division
is the only policing division awaiting transition to the national command and control
"This means for the first time since the creation of Police Scotland, the
whole country will be covered by a single police command and control system enabling
a more effective response to critical and major incidents.
"Police commanders will
be able to oversee incidents right across Scotland, replacing previous systems limited
by the historic boundaries of the eight forces.
“Most importantly, Police Scotland can deliver a consistent, professional policing
service for all our communities, no matter where they are.”