Police watchdog boss to step down
The police’s watchdog chief has announced his imminent retirement, following allegations of “unreasonable behaviour” being levelled against him.
Derek Penman will step down at the end of March, amid reports his senior aide has raised a complaint against him.
Mr Penman said last night he was proud to have led HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) for almost four years, making more than 30 inspection reports.
And the Scottish Government commended him for his “unstinting service” in more than 33 years in policing.
The resignation announcement comes as Police Scotland’s Chief Con- stable, Phil Gormley, faces three separate investigations into bullying allegations. Mr Penman said: “I am proud to have led HMICS for almost four years, during which time I have consistently sought to improve policing across Scotland, addressing significant issues and making recommendations for change through the publication of over 30 inspection reports.
“Having re-established HMICS as a key scrutiny body in the new policing landscape, the time is now right for me to move on to new challenges.”
Mr Penman added he had given the Scottish government early notice of his intention to allow it time to appoint a successor. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “I am very grateful to Derek for his unstinting service.”