McInnes: New Chief Constable must restore Police Scotland reputation

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said the new Police Scotland Chief Constable must sort out two years’ worth of scandals and restore the reputation of the national force.

Ms McInnes was speaking following confirmation from the Scottish Police Authority that Philip Gormley is set to replace Sir Stephen House at the top of Police Scotland.

Commenting, Alison McInnes MSP said:

“No-one doubted the commitment of Sir Stephen House to helping make Scotland safer but under his leadership the national force lurched from crisis to crisis. The tragic crash on the M9. Armed police on routine duties. Hundreds of thousands of illegal stop and searches. Officers breaking spying rules to try and uncover journalists’ sources.

“The new Chief Constable has the opportunity to move quickly to address the challenges that Police Scotland is still facing. He will have our support as he does so.

"I will be seeking an early meeting with the new Chief Constable to discuss our plans to ensure police officers and staff get the support they need to keep them safe, reinstate communities’ rights to have a say over how they are policed and help restore public trust in the force."

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