Responding to an interview by Acting Chief Constable Iain Livingstone in which he said that contrary to a Scottish Police Authority document, the SPA did not make staff welfare arrangements ahead of the proposed return of Chief Constable Phil Gormley, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
"Haphazard and slapdash decision making has become characteristic of the Scottish Police Authority.
"The structures we have in place are clearly not fit for purpose. We must not return to the early days of Police Scotland with top cops and police authority bosses in open conflict.
"The Justice Secretary should finally agree to establish an expert independent commission to review and make recommendations for reforming the structure of Scottish policing. We need to put an end to the poor decision making by those in charge of the national force - processes underpinned by its flawed structures."