Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingstone to retire after five years in job

Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingstone

            Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingstone has announced his retirement.

 By Bill Heaney

Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingstone is set to retire after five years in the top role and 31 years in the police.

Sir Iain will stand down from his role in the force in the summer, despite being contracted until 2025.

He set out his intention to leave the Office of Chief Constable during a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority Board in Glasgow today (Thursday, February 23, 2023).

The police chief said: “By my last day in service, I will have been a police officer for 31 years and had the privilege of serving as Chief Constable for nearly six of those years.

“Police Scotland is an organisation with shared values and high levels of operational competence. The service improvements achieved in our 10 years are unprecedented across the United Kingdom public sector, delivering effective policing for the public.

“We now have a full leadership team with the experience and capability to continue the progress made and can take confidence from the exceptional role Police Scotland played through Covid, COP26 and the events following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

“The police officers and police staff of Police Scotland are outstanding. Leading them as Chief Constable to serve the people of Scotland has been the honour of my working life.”

Sir Iain has led the single national Service for six years, as interim Chief from 2017 before being formally appointed as Chief Constable in 2018.

Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack said: “I thank Iain Livingstone for his long and dedicated service with Police Scotland. He has played a key role in ensuring the security of the whole of the United Kingdom as part of the UK’s policing family.

“I am particularly grateful to him for his role in delivering a safe and secure COP26 in Glasgow. I wish Sir Iain well in whatever he decides to do next.“

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