Commenting on the appointment of Iain Livingstone as the new Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
"Iain Livingstone now inherits, on a permanent basis, an organisation that faces a wide range of challenges.
"Officers recently warned that they are so stretched that beat policing has 'effectively died off entirely' in some areas while everything about the merger of the British Transport Police points to it needing to be halted.
"Problems are hardwired into the structures of Scottish policing as a result of the SNP's botched centralisation. Without change, they will persist, irrespective of who is in the leading roles. That is why we need an independent expert commission to recommend reform and repair the damage. That is the kind of reset Police Scotland needs."