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McArthur: Damaged relationships at top of policing are on show

January 19, 2018 6:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to an interview by Claire Gormley, the wife of on leave Chief Constable Phil Gormley, in which she criticised the Justice Secretary and police watchdogs, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"Relationships between senior officers, the Justice Secretary and policing watchdogs are extremely important and it will not fill the public with confidence to see this saga play out across the national press.

"The structures we have in place at the top of Scottish policing are clearly not fit for purpose. We must not return to the early days of Police Scotland with top cops and police authority bosses in open conflict.

"The Justice Secretary should finally agree to establish an expert independent commission to review and make recommendations for reforming the structure of Scottish policing. We need to put an end to the poor decision making by those at the top of the national force - processes underpinned by its flawed structures.

"It is also time for the police complaints body PIRC to tell us if they need extra resources in order to get the investigation into Phil Gormley finished so that all sides know where they stand."