Speaking in response to the developing situation within the leadership of Police Scotland, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:
"The Justice Secretary needs to make a statement to Parliament to set out how leadership of Police Scotland will be secured while the months of investigation take place into senior officers. The public and all ranks of the police service deserve to hear the means by which effective force management will be provided.
"The new chair of the Scottish Police Authority Susan Deacon needs to come to Parliament this week as well. The police authority and ministers share responsibility for the work of the centralised police force. So it is right for parliament to have the opportunity to make sure that there are no dangerous gaps left in terms of experience and command."