12th Feb 2018

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Scottish Police Authority urged to settle Phil Gormley misconduct row

The Scottish authorities have been urged to continue investigating misconduct allegations against Phil Gormley despite his resignation as Scotland’s chief constable last week. Kenny MacAskill, the former justice secretary, has cast doubt on whether Mr Gormley would have been found guilty of misconduct had he continued to challenge the allegations.  Moi Ali, a former member of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), said that Mr Gormley’s reputation had been tarnished without any opportunity for him to publicly clear his name.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scottish-police-authority-urged-to-settle-phil-gormley-misconduct-row-pq8kpt9p0

Deputy police chief may refuse top job

Ministers want Iain Livingstone, the current deputy chief constable of Police Scotland, to take over the running of the embattled national police force. However, it is understood he remains undecided about the job and may opt to retire instead of facing the criticism and intense scrutiny that diminishes the appeal of the top job.  Last year, Livingstone put off his retirement plans to help steady the force after the suspension of chief constable Phil Gormley, who quit last week after allegations of misconduct, which he denied.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/deputy-police-chief-may-refuse-top-job-nrn8jwhg9

Watchdogs set to investigate Police Scotland chief constable-in-waiting

The Scottish Police Authority launched an investigation last week following a complaint about Acting Chief Constable Iain Livingstone. The official complaint was made by a serving police officer seven months ago but was shelved while an employment tribunal was ongoing.  But after that finished earlier this month, it has now gone “live”.  It’s the latest row to rock the embattled force, which has been caught in a furore in recent months.  Last week, Chief Constable Phil Gormley quit amid investigations into several allegations of gross misconduct – pushing ACC Livingstone into becoming favourite to succeed his former boss.

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/watchdogs-set-to-investigate-police-scotland-chief-constable-in-waiting/

What next for Police Scotland? We get the expert opinion on what new chief’s top priorities should be

The single force has been dogged by controversy and claims of governmental interference but crime rates remain relatively low.

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/next-chief-constable-needs-empathy-and-to-be-inspirational/

The Sunday Post View: New police chief must lead a force for change

Internal investigations, call centre mistakes that ended in tragedy, and a chief constable’s position that no one seems to be able to keep. In the meantime, rank and file officers have carried on policing the streets while, somehow, keeping crime levels at a record low.Now the force faces its most critical time as it searches for a new leader to take on a job that has become about as attractive as that of Scotland football manager.

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/new-police-chief-must-lead-a-force-for-change/

The favourite to become Police Scotland’s next chief constable is already being investigated. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) last week launched an investigation following a complaint about Acting Chief Constable Iain Livingstone.  The official complaint was made by Detective Constable Andrew Reid last July but was shelved while an employment tribunal was ongoing.  But, now that has finished, the complaint has gone “live” as the latest row to rock the force.  Phil Gormley last week quit as Chief Constable amid investigations into allegations of gross misconduct, pushing ACC Livingstone into becoming favourite to succeed his former boss.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/917574/police-chief-Iain-Livingstone-investigation

HEARTBREAKING

Campaign shares emotional tributes to Scots police dogs who died in service in bid to raise support for memorial

A campaign to build a memorial for fallen police dogs has shared emotional tributes to Scottish dogs who died in service. The National K9 Memorial took to Twitter earlier this week in an attempt to boost support for their campaign.  The memorial fund spent a whole day on social media sharing stories of the brave animals who worked alongside the Scottish police.  Stories included the likes of brave Explosive Detection Dog, Specialist Drug Dog Millie and pal General Purpose Dog Zip.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2216485/scots-campaign-national-k9-memorial/

Policing Inspectorate HMICS accused of conflict of interest in “whitewash” review of undercover policing

Police watchdog chief Derek Penman is facing claims there was a conflict of interest at the heart of his review into undercover policing. Penman, who is in charge of the country’s policing Inspectorate, previously said he would take the “lead” on the probe after it was revealed that his colleague, retired detective Stephen Whitelock, had oversight of covert policing at the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15986619.Watchdog_probe_into__quot_spy_cops_quot__hit_by_claims_of_conflict_of_interest/

Iain Macwhirter: ‘This is no way to run an amusement arcade let alone a nation’s police force’

In the five years since Police Scotland was cobbled together out of Scotland‘s eight regional police forces, it has been in a state of almost continuous crisis. It has had two chief constables and both of them have resigned under a cloud, the latest being Phil Gormley, the former head of the National Crime Agency. He finally handed in his badge last week after succumbing to a succession of gross misconduct allegations, the validity of which have yet to be properly investigated more than seven months after the first was made.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/News/15986627.Iain_Macwhirter___This_is_no_way_to_run_an_amusement_arcade_let_alone_a_nation_s_police_force_/

Kevin McKenna: Police Scotland are a law unto themselves

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/15985804.Kevin_McKenna__Police_Scotland_are_a_law_unto_themselves/

Cops left raging after having to do CPR on overdose victim because ambulance would be a 20 minute wait

Police have raised concerns about the availability of ambulances after a man was rushed to hospital by officers while they performed CPR. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF), which represents rank and file officers, said its members were increasingly being called on to respond to medical emergencies. The patient, who had overdosed, was taken to A&E in Greenock, Inverclyde, in the back of a police van. Officers took the decision after being told it would take paramedics 20 minutes to get to the incident, which happened last week.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15985828.Police_concerns_over_lack_of_ambulances/

Turmoil over Phil Gormley may put top officers ‘off’ from Police Scotland

The chaos around Phil Gormley’s tenure as Police Scotland’s Chief Constable could put other people off applying for the job, a former top cop has warned. Niven Rennie, a former head of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, also said he believed Gormley had failed to realise quite what the job was before he took it. Rennie said there would likely now be a lot more awareness about what the job involves among senior officers south of the Border, and this, he added, might put them off.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15985501.Turmoil_over_Gormley_may__deter__top_officers_from_going_for_post/

Radical proposal could see firefighters respond to heart attack 999 calls and terror incidents

Firefighters rather than paramedics could soon respond to cardiac arrest 999 calls if radical new proposals are given the go-ahead. Scotland’s Chief Fire Officer Alasdair Hay has revealed he is pressing ahead with the plan – which he hopes will save hundreds of lives – as part of the most wide-ranging overhaul of his service in a generation. In an exclusive interview with the Record he today gives details of a raft of changes the people of Scotland are being asked to green light in a major public consultation.  They include the possibility of up to 260 job loses – but with many new full-time roles being created in rural communities.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/fire-chiefs-radical-proposal-firefighters-12007951

 

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