Rennie: Chief Constable should step aside

Serious allegations of gross misconduct have been made against Police Scotland's Chief Constable. He should step to one side so that these allegations can be investigated promptly and effectively.

By Willie Rennie

As Police Scotland seeks to recover from the chaos of the last few years it needs a Chief Constable with the authority to assist with that recovery.

These allegations of gross misconduct are incredibly serious and require a thorough and prompt investigation.


For that investigation to be conducted effectively it will be necessary for the Chief Constable to seek leave of absence from his post. Any leave of absence should not imply acceptance of guilt.

Previous cases in Scotland and other parts of the UK have set a precedent, where the person who has been under investigation has temporarily stepped aside and that's what I think Phil Gormley should do.

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