McArthur: SPA review a missed opportunity for wider reform

Responding to the new report into the how the SPA is operating, conducted by SPA Deputy Chair Nicola Marchant and Western Isles Council Chief Executive Malcolm Burr, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

"The Scottish Police Authority has made a catalogue of bad decisions at the expense of police officers, staff and the public they serve. But they certainly aren't the only ones at fault in the short but checkered history of police centralisation.

"This report is welcome as far as it goes but it represents a missed opportunity for real reform.

"This was a comparatively narrow examination of the SPA Board's capacity, support and approach but the problems are so much deeper. The report didn't look at the roles of all the other key players, not least the Justice Secretary, chief officers, Parliament and local councils.

"The whole system of checks and balances is broken. It is time SNP ministers accepted that what we really need is an independent expert commission to examine the structures that govern Scottish policing as a whole."

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