12th June 2018

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Two new deputy chief constables appointed to Police Scotland

Two new deputy chief constables have been appointed to Police Scotland. Will Kerr and Fiona Taylor will be taking on the roles following a process of assessment, interview and selection conducted by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). Mr Kerr has been a police officer for more than 28 years while Ms Taylor has more than 24 years’ experience. The appointment of a new chief constable is expected to be made by the autumn. It follows the resignation of Phil Gormley in February. Mr Gormley had been on special leave since September amid a series of investigations into claims of gross misconduct.

Mr Gormley had always denied any wrongdoing.


Give victims a say on parole, Tories urge

Victims of crime should be allowed to attend parole hearings, give impact statements and appeal decisions, the Tories have told ministers. The Scottish Conservatives said a review of the parole system should put victims at the heart of decisions. The suggestions were made in a formal submission to ministers, after they ordered a review of the way the system operates.


Watchdog chief didn’t read police funds report

The chief executive of the police watchdog signed off but ‘did not read’ a report on concerns from a whistleblower that inappropriate payments had been made to officers, a tribunal heard yesterday. John Foley, who earned up to £120,000 told a tribunal it was ‘not his job’ to inspect a draft version of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) certificate of assurance containing allegations of misuse of funds. The hearing in Glasgow had previously heard the claims by SPA bookkeeper Amy McDonald involved a string of employees and officials.


Police boss tells tribunal he was unaware of concerns over payouts

The former chief executive of the Scottish Police Authority has told an employment tribunal that he was unaware of concerns about a series of payments to senior figures. John Foley, who took early retirement last year, said he did not know of issues raised by senior accountant Amy McDonald because he had not read a grievance she raised, believing it to be “inappropriate” to do so. Mr Foley, who received a controversial £57,000 golden handshake payment when he left the SPA, gave evidence at Ms McDonald’s employment tribunal in Glasgow yesterday. Ms McDonald turned whistleblower amid concerns over the “gross misuse of public resources” at the SPA, which oversees Police Scotland’s £1.1bn annual budget.


Over 100 noise complaints a day after anti-social behaviour rise

More than 100 calls a day are being made about noise complaints amid a general rise in anti-social behaviour across Scotland. Dedicated council teams taking a wide-sweep approach to tackling a broad range of anti-social behaviour which can range from loud parties to a stream of visitors to holiday flats. The figures were said to be “a worrying indictment of modern society” as Scots made 118 complaints to local councils every day last year about noisy neighbours, light, rubbish and other statutory nuisances.



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