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Rennie responds to Gormley resignation

February 7, 2018 2:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to the resignation of Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"The resignation of Gormley should not lead people to believe all the problems in Police Scotland are solved.

"With lawyers exchanging blows, the relationships at the top of Scottish policing were damaged to such an extent that it became impossible for Phil Gormley to return.

"The rate at which Chief Constables and SPA bosses have come and gone points to a much deeper issue. Problems are hardwired into the structures they are operating within.

"Powers over policing should be shared across more individuals and communities to avoid these situations, rather than hoarded on the desk of the Justice Secretary. An independent expert review of how policing structures are operating is essential to inject accountability, transparency and localism back into the system."