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Another SPA chair resignation shows SNP policing system is ‘broken’

December 5, 2019 12:01 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to the news that Susan Deacon has quit as the Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, telling the Justice Secretary that "the governance and accountability arrangements for policing in Scotland are fundamentally flawed in culture, structure and practice", Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

"Susan Deacon did the best she could with a broken system. Liberal Democrats have been telling the SNP Government since day one that it hardwired flaws into the national force. It botched the centralisation, causing chaos.

"The national force hasn't had stable leadership at any point in its six year existence. How many more chief constables and chairs does it need to quit to drive this fact home?

"Overstretched officers and staff deserve so much better, particularly since we found out that the job is making many of them unwell and only 3% believe the force really cared about them.

"Powers over policing should be shared, 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."