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McArthur: Desperate need for effective Police Scotland accountability

November 28, 2017 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting in response to the report today showing members of the SPA board have hit out at the Scottish Government's meddling, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"At a time when policing in Scotland is in crisis we desperately need an effective organisation to hold Police Scotland to account. Instead, over the past year the SPA has faced a steady stream of bad news, from accusations surrounding its culture of secrecy to dysfunctional managerial relationships.

"To make matters worse, members of the SPA's own board have now claimed that their ability to shine a light on policing matters has been stifled by continued Scottish Government interference. The public will rightly be asking what Scottish Ministers don't want to see revealed.

"The Scottish Government's flawed legislation put the SPA on the back foot from the start and it has compounded this through ministerial meddling. These latest revelations will do little to restore public confidence in the government's approach to policing."