Following the board meeting of the Scottish Police Authority, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
“While there have undoubtedly been improvements in the way that the SPA and Police Scotland are run, they were starting from a low baseline. Allowing the SPA and Police Scotland to mark their own homework was what got them into trouble in the first place. Susan Deacon should not begrudge elected representatives the opportunity to ask questions about reform of our policing organisations.”
On scrutiny of cyber kiosks, Mr McArthur said:
“The Committee’s intervention was necessary. The SPA failed in its scrutiny of the rollout of cyber kiosks because it was only presented with the benefits and failed to properly explore the risks.
“Police Scotland have only now provided an explicit claim for the legal basis for cyber-kiosks, after months of scrutiny by the Parliament’s Sub-Committee. Had that scrutiny not taken place, they could have been rolled out without legal foundation. This could have undermined investigations that used evidence from cyber kiosks."
On holding an inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland, Mr McArthur added:
“The Scottish Government continue to stonewall an inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland. Scottish policing needs to go through the same process of scrutiny as is occurring in England and Wales.”
On Brexit costing Police Scotland £300,000 per week, Mr McArthur said:
“This is an obscene sum of money. Not only will Brexit make us less safe if we lose access to international crimefighting resources, it is costing our police service dearly.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats are clear: we need an exit from Brexit.”