Lib Dem wants review of police
The structures of Police Scotland as set up by the SNP Government are not fit for purpose, according to Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown.
Mr Brown was giving his backing to new Scottish Liberal Democrat proposals to bring local accountability and democratic oversight back into Scottish policing.
Radical proposals to make the senior police officer in each council area accountable to the local authority, end one-size-fitsall policing, and reform the Scottish Police Authority will be debated at the party’s Autumn Conference in October.
Robert Brown said: “Both Police Scotland as an organisation and the Scottish Police Authority have proved to be unfit for purpose.
“The local police officers I deal with day by day are excellent, but the key to their success is local policing in partnership with the community.
“This is damaged if there is not proper and effective local accountability.
“We must have an inquiry into the operations of Police Scotland.”
And he added: “A review of thepolice as a whole, including the top down target culture, is essential to restore morale of staff and officers and confidence of the public.”