Crisis-hit Police Scotland may need leadership from rest of UK


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Police Scotland may need to bring in senior officers from other UK forces

Lib Dem captain Willie-Rennie issued the warning as Justice Secretary Michael Matheson modifies to address Holyrood on the under-fire single force this week.

The Lib Dems requested a conforming statement on Phil Gormley’s decision, which comes after two disentangle allegations of gross misconduct.

The party wants the Government to consider disgorging in additional leadership and will call for Mr Matheson to address concerns adjacent to how the force is being led.

The statement is the opportunity for the Government to set out how it plans to deal with the latest catastrophe in Police Scotland since centralisation

Willie Rennie

Mr Rennie phrased: “The statement is the opportunity for the Government to set out how it plans to deal with the latest calamity in Police Scotland since centralisation.

“There is no chairman or chief-executive of the Scottish Observe Authority and now we have no chief constable. There is a vacuum of leadership in the large organisation. That is why we need the Scottish Government to address the situation and consideration whether additional resources and leadership is required.

“It might be necessary to diagram in senior officers from other forces in the UK.”

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Willie Rennie affirmed there is a ‘vacuum of leadership in the whole organisation’

Mr Gormley announced on Friday he is time stepping aside as allegations against him of gross misconduct are investigated.

He take it on the lams the accusations, which could lead to his dismissal if proven, and has taken “notable leave”. Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has taken to leadership.


Mr Gormley announced he is temporarily stepping aside

The chairman of potency oversight body the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), Andrew Flanagan, presaged his resignation in June after criticism over transparency and governance at the establishment. He remains in post until his successor is appointed.

Last month the SPA declared its chief executive, John Foley, will take early retirement. He had experienced calls to resign after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland base “shortcomings” in his capacity to provide expert advice to the board.

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