Liberal Democrats get Parliamentary statement on Police Scotland

There will be a statement from Justice Secretary Michael Matheson on Police Scotland this week. The Scottish Government have agreed to a request from the Liberal Democrats following the decision of the Chief Constable to step aside.

The Liberal Democrats, who have led the scrutiny of Police Scotland through centralisation, will call for the Justice Secretary to address the issue of leadership of the force. They want the Government to consider drafting in additional leadership and resources.

Speaking in advance of the statement Willie Rennie said

"The statement is the opportunity for the Government to set out how it plans to deal with the latest crisis in Police Scotland since centralisation.

"There is no chairman or chief executive of the Scottish Police Authority and now we have no Chief Constable. There is a vacuum of leadership in the whole organisation. That is why we need the Scottish Government to address the situation and consider whether additional resources and leadership is required.

"It might necessary to draft in senior officers from other forces in the United Kingdom.

"At a time when we are looking to introduce the new ten year strategy we need good leadership to make that happen effectively.

"We also need leadership that will make a robust case to government about the resources required to deliver it.

"Centralisation of Scotland's police has led to one crisis after another. Now we need to get a grip of Police Scotland so that the service provided to our communities does not suffer anymore."

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