Po­lice watch­dog re­port crit­i­cised

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By LYNSEY BEWS

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.

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