Wednesday 2 December 2015

Incestuous relationship between Police Scotland And Government Ministers

The relationship between Government Ministers and Police Scotland is incestuous and the Scottish Police Authority who are supposed to oversee Police Scotland has failed miserably and should be scrapped.

Regular readers of this blog will find it no surprise that I've written the above headline. After all, it's what readers of this blog have come to expect from me when writing about untrustworthy Police Scotland.

Except, amazingly, those are not my words. They are the sentiments of a member of the Scottish Parliament in his recent review in to Scottish policing.

And not just any old MSP either. The review was by Graeme Pearson MSP who used to be Deputy Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and the former head of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.

It's fair to say he probably knows a thing or two about how Police Scotland works.

He writes in his review that we need to get back to the kind of old style of community policing that used to make us and our police force the envy of the world.

The disastrous idea of merging regional forces in to one large central Police Scotland was always going to end in tears. Of course the powers-that-be promised us that we had nothing to worry about - there would still be accountability on a local level and cost savings would be delivered.

But they were wrong, and millions of Scottish people told them that before they did it.

They ignored us and went ahead regardless.

As far as accountability is concerned, when they centralised the Police, the SPA (the Strathclyde Police Authority) simply morphed itself in to the...ermmm...SPA (the Scottish Police Authority) with the same old friendly faces and dodgy connections of Police Scotland at the helm.

The bumbling SPA have always been as toothless as a Jermy Kyle Show contestant when it comes to holding their best buddies in Police Scotland accountable.

No change there then.

Mr Pearson rightly pointed out that the SPA are nothing more than a rubber stamping body who fail to hold the Chief Constable to account.

As if we didn't know.