13 years since she first proposed it to the Scottish Parliament, Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the launch of the 101 non-emergency number. The number is designed to provide a quicker and easier way to contact the Police for situations which do not require an emergency response.
“I am delighted that this measure has finally been introduced after I first brought it to the Parliament it back in 2000. By coincidence the motion I lodged was numbered 999!
“The 101 number is so important as people need an easy way to contact their local police for situations which may not be an emergency, but still require attention.
“I am pleased to see our Scottish Government and the Police Scotland have introduced this non-emergency number, relieving the pressure on the 999 system, allowing emergencies to be dealt with more efficiently.
“People should of course still call 999 in an emergency situation, but the 101 non-emergency number is available for people to get in touch with their local police service to report a crime that has already been committed, get crime prevention advice or make the police aware of issues in their area.
“The relationship between the community and the local Police is one of the many reasons crime is at a 35 year low and the 101 number will strengthen that relationship.”
Community Inspector Mark Leonard said:
“The 101 non-emergency number replaces the range of non-emergency numbers used by former Scottish police forces.
“101 gives the people of Scotland a new way to contact the police, seek advice, speak to a local officer or to report a crime that does not need an emergency response, for example:
- car theft
- damage to property
- a minor traffic collision
- suspected drug use or dealing
- information about crime in their area
“I would encourage the local community wherever possible to use this valuable new number. At the moment within the Lanarkshire area a third of all calls are now received on 101 and continues to increase month on month. The public should continue to call 999 in an emergency – when a crime is in progress, when someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when a life is in danger or when violence is being used or threatened.”
Picture is of Linda Fabiani, Community Inspector Mark Leonard and Chief Inspector Pat O’Callaghan
Link to Scottish Police website highlighting more details about the 101 Non-Emergency number: http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/campaigns/2013/101-non-emergency/
Link to Official Report which includes Linda’s Debate: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=4245&i=28261&c=730250&s=999
Motion S1M-00999: Linda Fabiani, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2000
999 Emergency Calls
That the Parliament urges all members of the public who believe themselves to be in danger to contact the relevant emergency service by dialling 999 without hesitation; expresses concern that the recent campaign to minimise use of the 999 emergency call system may deter members of the public from contacting the emergency services on legitimate grounds; expresses its support for a full examination of the implications for the emergency services of the continuing expansion in forms of communication such as mobile telephones, and urges the Scottish Executive to initiate discussions with all interested parties to identify a means of responding to this challenge, in particular the setting up of a central call system which could connect callers to the local police station.
Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Nicola Sturgeon, Kenny MacAskill, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Gil Paterson, Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Andrew Wilson