PUBLISHED 5 FEBRUARY 2015
The scrutiny work that the SPA has undertaken on both stop and search and armed policing has made a raft of key recommendations for improvements and how Police Scotland respond to that is scrutinised regularly in our public meetings. Those are examples of good governance in action. We acknowledge that scrutiny after the fact is not the full answer. That is why the recommendations of last week's SPA inquiry on armed policing make a series of searching proposals for much more advance communication, engagement and consultation from Police Scotland on key issues of public interest. That engagement should begin, but not end, with the SPA. We already have a sound accountability framework for policing in Scotland, with appropriate statutory authority. What is needed is further working protocols to bring that to life, and for that to be more clearly communicated.