Police should do more to ensure investigations into complaints handling and misconduct

By Harry Bell

Willie Rennie MSP has highlighted concerns that ministers should do more to ensure investigations into complaints handling and misconduct in Police Scotland lead to meaningful change.

The MSP noted few signs of improvement enacted by senior officers a year on from the independent review conducted by Dame Elish Angiolini.

In a question-and-answer session in the Scottish Parliament, the Lib Deme MSP challenged the minister on frequent reports of sexism among officers and a high proportion of ethnic minority offers leaving the force.

The minister, however, said that he has ‘confidence in the senior police officers in Polce Scotland to affect change.’

Mr Rennie said:  “It’s regrettable that, after everything that we have seen over the past year, the minister isn’t taking a more urgent and proactive role.

“The vast majority of police officers do an excellent job but as long as the inappropriate behaviour of a minority of officers is allowed to persist, the whole force will continue to face criticism and mistrust from the public.”

Lib Dem former leader Willie Rennie – looking for Royal Commission to be carried out into violence against women and girls, and police misconduct.

Lib Dem MP and former police officer, Wendy Chamberlain, has joined colleagues in the UK Parlaiment calling for a Royal Commission to be carried out into violence against women and girls, and police misconduct within its scope. She added:

“The ‘canteen culture’ in some quarters of the police force appears not to have improved much, despite wide recognition over many years that significant change is needed.

“It’s simply not good enough to wait for senior officers to take forward the findings from HMICS and the Angiolini report. Many of those officers have been in post for years and have accepted the status quo.

“That is why the Liberal Democrats are calling for a Royal Commission investigating violence against women and girls, and police misconduct within its scope, to finally get to the bottom of why these same issues keep coming up over and over again and to ensure that the changes that have been laid down are implemented.”

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