Rank and file officers ‘scunnered’ by treatment in Police Scotland The low number of Police Scotland officers raising grievances shows a “fundamental lack of confidence” in the force’s complaints procedures, it has been claimed. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said many officers were “scunnered” because their working conditions are regularly “disregarded and ignored”. The comments came as justice secretary Michael Matheson admitted the decision of Chief Constable Phil Gormley to take a leave of absence would create “uncertainty” in the force. Mr Gormley announced his decision on Friday as it emerged the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) was set to investigate a second bullying allegation made against him.
Chris Marshall: Deputy tipped to take over from under-investigation police chief
Scotland’s most senior police officer found himself on the front page of a tabloid newspaper on Sunday, his image snatched by a photographer as he returned from a shopping trip. It’s the sort of treatment usually reserved for criminals or celebrities, but Phil Gormley – who remains chief constable – is at the centre of a media feeding frenzy after his decision to go on leave. The press scrutiny comes with the territory in a job which commands a salary of more than £214,000. But Mr Gormley finds himself in an unprecedented position for a chief constable of Police Scotland, the national force which was formed in 2013.
Police officers in Scotland too ‘scunnered’ to complain about work conditions
Many police officers are too “scunnered” to complain about work conditions as they believe nothing will change, MSPs have been told. Calum Steele, general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, said officers were too used to working conditions being “disregarded and ignored”. Holyrood’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing will take evidence tomorrow on issues with Police Scotland’s procedures for internal complaints, including grievances and whistleblowing. In a written submission to the committee, Steele highlighted a staff survey in which only eight per cent of officers said they believed the service was genuinely interested in their wellbeing.
SCOTTISH SUNS SAYS
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson’s statement on latest crisis to hit Police Scotland answered no questions
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson’s statement on the latest crisis to hit Police Scotland answered no questions. He ran through the saga of “challenges” which have rocked the force. But he said nothing about the circumstances of Chief Constable Gormley’s “special leave” request and urged MSPs to withhold their judgement on the complaints against the chief. That is fair. Everybody is entitled to the benefit of the doubt. But it does nothing to address the real issues.
LEAVE IT OUT
Police Scotland bosses face questions over whether they bent force rules by failing to suspend bully probe Chief Constable Phil Gormley
Police bosses last night faced questions over whether they bent force rules by failing to suspend bully probe Chief Constable Phil Gormley. A strict absence policy makes no mention of agreeing to the “special leave” being taken by the £214,000-a-year top cop during misconduct investigations.
THE SUN SAYS
Let’s debunk the myths around public sector pay — everyone deserves to have a pay rise — but where is this money coming from?
Let’s debunk a myth over public sector pay. It not true that those 5.4million workers have had nothing but a one per cent a year rise. Until recently many got an automatic annual increase for moving up a grade. And almost all have enjoyed big increases in their personal tax allowance since 2010. This is NOT to argue they aren’t due a decent hike with inflation at 2.9 per cent. But we borrow £1billion a week as it is. Where is this new money?
Investigation into hospice cyber scam continues
Police have warned businesses in the Highlands to take extra care against cyber crimes. The full extent of a cyber crime which hit a Scottish charity has been revealed. Police have said that £4.76 million has been stolen from companies in Scotland in a recent vishing scam.
First chief constable ousted in secret SNP plot, says MacAskill
The first boss of Scotland’s single police force was ousted in a secret plot by the Scottish Government, former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has claimed. Mr MacAskill suggested that Sir Stephen House was removed in a bid to stop negative coverage of Police Scotland’s chaotic early days.
Pay rise for police and prison officers approved after seven years of caps and freezes
The Cabinet today eased the purse strings on public sector pay slightly – but too little to satisfy angry union leaders. Police will get a one per cent bonus on top of their one per cent salary rise this year, while prison officers will get 1.7 per cent backdated to April. Nurses, teachers, Armed Forces personnel and others will have to wait to next year to learn what under a new policy of “flexibility” combined with restraint.
Theresa May faces pay backlash after lifting 1% public pay cap
Theresa May’s government faces months of strife over public sector pay after a decision to lift the 1% annual cap on increases was met with derision from Labour and renewed threats of strikes by trade unions. Following months of pressure over the issue, Downing Street simultaneously announced above 1% pay rises for police and prison officers in the last of the 2017-18 deals, and a wider commitment to “flexibility” for all public sector workers from next year.
Theresa May’s police pay rise risks crime spike and job losses, top officers warn
Police chiefs have warned that the Government’s plan to give officers a pay rise costing £50m without providing extra finance risks rising crime and staff being laid off. Senior officers said they backed Theresa May’s move to ease pay restraint, but that the cost could not be absorbed by police force budgets already stretched to breaking point after years of austerity. It came after the Prime Minister proposed a small pay rise for police and prison staff in a move widely seen as marking the end of the blanket cap on public sector pay.