Lib Dem wants re­view of po­lice

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

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.”

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