SPA Key Facts Established in 2013 as national organisation to support, oversee and hold Police Scotland to account. Responsible for a workforce of more than 22,000 police officers and staff – 2nd largest police service in the UK with an annual budget of more than £1.2 billion. Primary function is to maintain, review and hold Police Scotland to account whilst promoting the key purpose of policing in Scotland – to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities. Responsible as employer of police workforce with duty to recruit senior officers (ACC and above) and assess complaint and conduct issues related to senior officers. SPA governed by a Board of up to 15 non-executive public appointees, selected by Scottish Ministers. Board members have a range of professional backgrounds and experiences and are remunerated for up to five days of time commitment each month with greater commitment from the Chair. SPA Board is supported by an Executive team which consists currently of approximately 40 staff. SPA has embarked on a programme of organisational improvement and restructuring to strengthen the organisation’s capacity and capability. SPA Chief Executive is the principal adviser to the Board and also the Accountable Officer to Parliament for a £1.1 billion police budget. SPA also responsible for Scotland’s 450-strong crime scene to court forensic service and for maintaining 150-strong network of volunteer independent custody visitors.