Nicola Sturgeon dismisses talk of Police Scotland leadership crisis
Nicola Sturgeon yesterday dismissed talk of a leadership crisis at Police Scotland. The First Minister’s reassurance that the force are in safe hands came after the most senior deputy chief constable, Iain Livingstone, postponed his retirement plans. He will take over until further notice after Chief Constable Phil Gormley was granted “special leave” while allegations of gross misconduct are investigated. Livingstone, who had planned to retire this autumn, said he considered it his duty to stay on “for the foreseeable future”.
Video: Police chief “irresponsible” for warning to football fans over force action on support for terror groups as bigotry laws row intensifies
A police chief has been accused of being “irresponsible” by football supporter’s campaign group after he warned that Scots fans should expect police to act over support for terrorist organisations. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins spoke out after the Fans Against Criminalisation campaign group were critical of him warning controversial Celtic fans group the Green Brigade to leave politics at the turnstiles or face being arrested. The row had emerged as the FAC warned of a “genuine danger to civil liberties” and the continuous criminalising of the young over minor offences if a controversial law aimed at tackling bigotry at football matches is not repealed.
Ex-Justice Secretary MacAskill praises Police Scotland deputy Iain Livingstone for staying on to deal with crisis
The outgoing Deputy Chief Constable of Police Scotland who suspended his plans to retire in the wake of the crisis engulfing the force’s leadership has won praise from former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill. Iain Livingstone said he would formally postpone his retirement while allegations of gross misconduct against Chief Constable Phil Gormley are investigated. Last week it emerged Mr Gormley – Scotland’s most senior police officer – has gone on leave after fresh bullying allegations were levelled against him by assistant chief constable Malcolm Graham.
Acting police chief puts retirement on hold amid probe into Chief Constable Phil Gormley
Police Scotland’s second-in-command is postponing his retirement plans while accusations of gross misconduct against Chief Constable Phil Gormley are investigated.
Deputy Chief Constable Designate Iain Livingstone, the most senior of Police Scotland’s three deputy chief constables, says he considers it his duty to remain in post. He recently announced he intended to retire this autumn but now says he will stay “for the foreseeable future”. He will lead Police Scotland until further notice.
JUST PLOD ON
Police Scotland’s No2 axed his retirement after top cop Phil Gormley went on leave over bullying probe
Police Scotland’s No2 axed his retirement after top cop Phil Gormley went on leave over a bullying probe. Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone confirmed he will step into his boss’s shoes “for the foreseeable future” following pleas from staff associations. Mr Livingstone — snubbed for the top job before Mr Gormley took over last year — had announced his retirement amid claims he was unhappy with how the force is run. But he said: “Having discussed the matter with my wife, family and others, I intend to continue in post. “Given the uncertainty and challenges facing Police Scotland, I consider it my duty.
PAYING THE BILL
Top cop Phil Gormley still rakes in £214,404 salary for doing nothing with rest of us picking up the tab
Sir Stephen House must be looking on with a wry smile at the shambles engulfing Police Scotland — and the sight of his successor on gardening leave. The ex-Chief Constable quit two years ago under the weight of mounting scandals.