Po­lice Scot­land chief fac­ing an­other probe

Third claim of gross mis­con­duct against Gorm­ley

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

polic­ing in Jan­uary 2016, went on spe­cial leave in early Septem­ber af­ter it emerged a sec­ond com­plaint of gross mis­con­duct against him had been made by a mem­ber of the Force Ex­ec­u­tive, Po­lice Scot­land’s se­nior man­age­ment team.

That team is made up of of­fi­cers of the rank of as­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble and higher, the force’s deputy chief of­fi­cer and the di­rec­tor of ICT.

The first com­plaint of gross mis­con­duct was an­nounced in July.

Yes­ter­day a news­pa­per re­ported a fourth com­plaint had been made against the chief con­sta­ble.

The SPA de­clined to com­ment on the al­le­ga­tion, while Po­lice Scot­land is not com­ment­ing on the third in­ves­ti­ga­tion which is now a mat­ter for Pirc.

In his last state­ment, is­sued when he stepped aside last month, Mr Gorm­ley said: “In the in­ter­ests of the of­fice of chief con­sta­ble and the broader in­ter­ests of Po­lice Scot­land, I have sought and been granted spe­cial leave to en­able this mat­ter to be prop­erly as­sessed. I deny and re­ject the al­le­ga­tions and will co-op­er­ate with the SPA’s as­sess­ment and pro­ce­dures.

“It is my in­ten­tion to re­sume my full du­ties when this mat­ter has been re­solved.”

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Iain Liv­ing­stone has taken over lead­er­ship un­til fur­ther no­tice.

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