The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) was established under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 to maintain policing, promote policing principles and continuous improvement of policing, and to hold the Chief Constable to account.
It holds both the Chief Constable to account for the policing of Scotland, and the Chief Executive of the SPA to account for its role as employer of staff and the delivery of services to the board and policing.
The SPA is also responsible for the management of Forensic Services in Scotland and, in the summer of 2017, took steps to improve the scrutiny, visibility and Governance of Forensic Services. This addresses recommendations made by HMICS in its Inspection of Forensic Services published in June 2017. The Director of Forensic Services now reports directly to the SPA Board and a new Forensic Services Committee, chaired by SPA Board Member Iain Whyte, has been established to meet in public regularly throughout the year. Details of these meetings can be found on the Meetings & Events section of this website.