Rennie: case for fresh police reform now even stronger

Speaking after his appearance on BBC Sunday Politics today on Police Scotland the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:

“The problems in Police Scotland are inevitable because power is concentrated so close to the Justice Secretary.

“This is why we need an independent review of how the policing structures are operating.

“Powers over policing should be shared across more individuals and communities to avoid these situations. At the moment power is hoarded on the desk of the Justice Secretary. That has to change.

“Today’s revelation of further government interference in policing make the case for fresh police reform even stronger.

“The Scottish Liberal Democrats proposed this at Holyrood in December but Labour didn't support us. The Scottish Conservatives have a confused position. Hopefully both parties can now get on board and we can start on reforms to tackle the problems.”

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