Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie has slammed the Justice Secretary for refusing to open up a wider inquiry into the operations of Police Scotland.
Following the tragic M9 crash last month, where Police Scotland failed to respond to a fatal incident for three days, Mr Rennie said an inquiry was required into the whole of Police Scotland rather than limiting it to police control rooms.
In response to Mr Rennie's calls, the Justice Secretary today refused to open a full inquiry, backing only the HMICS review into current processes.
Today it emerged that HSE is poised to probe handling of the M9 crash by Police Scotland depending on the course of ongoing investigations.
Commenting, Mr Rennie said:
"This is a short-sighted decision fails to recognise the serious problems within the wider Police Scotland organisation.
"From stop and search, the target culture, low morale, stripping out back room staff, backfilling by police officers to armed police and control rooms there are serious problems.
“The Justice Secretary has already sought to prejudge the HMICS inquiry into control rooms by declaring no systemic problems existed.
"The Justice Secretary's refusal to open a broader inquiry might be politically convenient, but it will not help our emergency services in the long term. We cannot afford another Justice Secretary who refuses to hear bad news. I will be urging him to reconsider this position.”