PUBLISHED 7 FEBRUARY 2015
A spokesman for the Scottish Police Authority said:
“SPA members were appointed by the Scottish Government as non-executive board members and are expected to fulfil their responsibilities within a set number of days. As is standard in governance boards across the public sector, those roles are part-time and like most public appointees SPA members hold other part-time roles and responsibilities. As policing needs to work in partnership to deliver outcomes for communities, the broad experience and perspective that members bring from these other roles is a valuable addition.
“It is important to remember that one of the objectives of police reform was to address weaknesses in legacy police governance arrangements, which had been identified by both Audit Scotland and HMICS. SPA members have made significant individual and collective contributions to the development of the new police governance arrangements. As an example, in 2013-14 the SPA held Police Scotland to account in double the number of public scrutiny and decision making meetings than would have been experienced under the legacy arrangements. We 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.
"Many of the 'additional jobs' that media reports have today suggested that SPA members are engaged in are actually voluntary unpaid roles, and in some cases involving just a few days each year. It is entirely misleading to make public references to individual members without being transparent about what constitutes paid roles and what are unpaid voluntary commitments."