The Public Safety Committee deals with all matters concerning the scrutiny of and engagement with the police service and fire and rescue services in terms of the Police & Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.

The Public Safety Committee is empowered to perform the following insofar as not limited by reservation to the Council itself:-

(1) Assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of Local Policing Plans in terms of priorities, community engagement and performance related measures to provide reasonable assurance of effective and efficient implementation and operation.

(2) Assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of Local Fire and Rescue Services Plans in terms of priorities, community engagement and performance related measures to provide reasonable assurance of effective and efficient implementation and operation.

(3) Considering statistical reports on complaints on policing and fire and rescue services in the Council area.

(4) Formulating, examining and approving policies, strategies and plans relating to its areas of responsibility. Where any new policies or changes to policies would have a significant impact on the Council’s strategic objectives, corporate policies or its resources, the Committee should not approve that policy/ change to policy but should instead refer it to Council for approval with or without recommendations. 

Where a new policy is of major significance with council wide application, the Committee refer it to Council for approval with or without recommendations.

 

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