Po­lice watch­dog boss to step down

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

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.”

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