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First Minister unconcerned about Chief Constable’s loss of powers

January 17, 2013 2:24 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP, has Willie RennieWillie Renniecriticised the First Minister for his complacency towards a power struggle in the new single police force. The Scottish Police Authority will meet tomorrow to outline the organisational structure of the SPA and the Police Service of Scotland. If agreed, it will see a range of financial and staffing powers stripped from the Chief Constable.

Commenting after First Ministers Question's, Mr Rennie said:

"The First Minister seemed unconcerned that the Chief Constable is to be stripped of significant powers. Scottish Police Authority plans will see finance and staffing functions taken out of the Chief Constable's hands and placed into those of three power group directors, over whom the Chief Constable will have no control.

"How can the Chief Constable be held to account by the Police Authority when that Authority will control many police services themselves? It will be a jumble and blame game. The First Minister seems happy to sleepwalk into this mess. It's not good enough - we need fresh legislation to sort this out now."