Tuesday 19 April 2016

Andrew Flanagan's Blue Screen Of Death

Andrew Flanagan, head of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) - the body who are supposed to hold Police Scotland to account - has suspiciously supported Police Scotland's decision to close northern control rooms.

This is despite widespread public criticism of the decision which claims that local knowledge is absolutely essential for policing.

Centralising control rooms will risk lives. The public don't want it. Yet the SPA support it.

So why is the man who we the public employ to hold Police Scotland to account, going against us, the public, and supporting Police Scotland instead?

Well, it's probably no co-incidence that new chief constable Phil "Gormless' stated at the beginning of his tenure that he wanted to have 'better relations' with the SPA.

And it certainly seems like these 'better relations' are working rather well for uncle Phil. In just a few short months he's managed to get Andrew Flanagan and the whole SPA completely in to bed with him.

So what crazy excuse has Andrew Flanagan come up with to defend his decision to support Police Scotland in their control room closure blitz and go against the public who pay him?

Answer: Technology.

Andrew Flanagan has been quoted as saying “When a call comes through, the technology is such that it immediately brings up where the call is coming from and brings up a map of the location, so you are pinpointing it, even before it comes to saying ‘Police Scotland, how can I help you? You are immediately getting reference information and they have more detailed systems which actually build in a lot of local knowledge'.

So there you have it. Police Scotland and the SPA are confident that computer technology is going to save lives.

Now I'm not sure what computer technology they intend to use. Neither do they I suspect - it's common knowledge that Police Scotland's new IT system has never worked properly since day one and may even have to be scrapped.

And as any computer user will tell you, technology is anything but foolproof.

We've all experienced computer crashes where your screen displays what's commonly known as 'the blue screen of death'.

So here's my prediction. The phrase 'the blue screen of death' will become literal one day in the not too distant future.

Mark my words, it's only a matter of time before someone will die because of Police Scotland's computerised centralisation policy - a policy wholeheartedly supported by the SPA watchdog who are supposed to be protecting us from things like this happening.