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McArthur: Police Authority needs culture shift

April 20, 2017 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called for a "fundamental shift in culture" at the Scottish Police Authority after a new letter from HMICS raised questions over the transparency and inclusiveness of authority decisions.

Mr McArthur said:

"The letter by HM Inspector of Constabulary is the latest and most significant evidence that the SPA board needs a fundamental shift in culture and approach. As Scottish Liberal Democrats have long argued, dissent, transparency and openness to scrutiny will not damage the SPA's position but instead strengthen it.

"I expect Andrew Flanagan and the rest of the SPA board to take the Inspector's recommendations on board. This must include allowing effective and timely publication of the Board's meeting papers, and constructive and different voices to be heard."