Police watchdog report criticised
Scotland’s police watchdog has been criticised by opposition parties for producing an annual review of the force’s performance that “pretends all is well when it clearly isn’t”.
In its 2016-17 assessment, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) noted Police Scotland continues to provide “a high-quality” service across the country, with crime rates falling.
The review also found oversight of policing had been strengthened by the SPA board, which has “enhanced its skills and experience in key areas”.
But the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Conservatives said the report failed to address problems in both organisations.
The SPA has been criticised amid concerns over transparency and governance.