Willie Rennie calls for independent audit into inaccurate stop and search data

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called for an independent audit of police stop and search figures after an emergency SPA meeting revealed major discrepancies in the recording of data. 

Giving evidence to the SPA board meeting today, police chiefs admitted that the data was not accurate and many of the searches, reported by the BBC last week, had been incorrectly recorded.

Mr Rennie said:

“This has reached such a level of farce that people will find it difficult to believe anything police high command are telling us. There are now major questions over their recording practises. It is nonsense to claim that the information commissioner compelled them to publish inaccurate figures. This requires an independent audit.”

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