(Acclaimed News) Today it has been revealed that a British police constabulary ignored almost 600 emergency calls last year, around 50 each month and more than one per day.
According to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by a Scottish newspaper, the figures show that police constabularies in Moray and Aberdeen failed to send assistance to 583 emergency calls between April 2014 and March 2015.
Reports of traffic accidents, public disorder and cruelty to animals were also ignored.
Speaking to the Press and Journal, who made the FOI request, the mother of a man who went missing slammed the findings.
Carol-Ann Roy, mother of Shaun Ritchie who went missing last year, said:
“It is diabolical. They should be going to every 999 call they get, it SHOULDN’T matter what they feel. If a phone call is being made, they should attend the scene.
“In my own case, I feel let down by them. They’re supposed to be there for the community.”
A police spokeswoman tried to defend the constabulary:
“Police Scotland respond to all 999 calls in a highly effective manner, answering over 90% of those calls in less than 10 seconds.
“We have a strict criterion for categorising and prioritising those subsequent incidents which are subject to further assessment in terms of the severity and urgency of the response required by highly trained control room staff.
“Only 1.9% of the 30,495 calls we received from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2015 did not result in an officer attending and there are several reasons for this.”