On 13 March 2013 the Justice Committee, with the Parliament's approval, established a Sub-Committee on Policing with the remit to consider and report on the operation of the Police and Fire Reform Act 2012 as it affects policing.
The Sub-Committee published a report on its activities in the first year of police reform, on 11 June 2014, which has been endorsed by the Justice Committee.
Details of the Sub-Committee's work can be found on its own web pages at Justice Sub-Committee on Policing.
One off evidence session with police and fire inspectors
On 19 August 2014, the Justice Committee took evidence from HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland and HM Chief Inspector of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on their inspection and thematic work in relation to the first year of the operation of the single services.
Separately, petitions PE 1510 (by Jody Curtis on behalf of Emergency Service and Non Emergency Service Call Centres calling on the Scottish Parliament to undertake a committee inquiry into the closure of Police, Fire, and Non-Emergency Service Centres north of Dundee) and PE 1511 (by Laura Ross calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review the decision made by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to close the Inverness Control Room), were referred to the Committee for consideration.
The Committee agreed to consider the terms of the petitions during its one-off evidence session with the inspectors. To inform that session, the Committee agreed to invite written submissions on the issues raised by the petitions.