The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has today outlined her Programme for Government to the Scottish Parliament.
The programme includes a commitment that policing will be strengthened by a national review of police governance and a new requirement on the Chief Constable to submit to local public scrutiny sessions. The First Minister has also committed to working with the SPA to consider the implications of changing demands on Scottish policing by Summer 2016.
Welcoming the First Minister's statement Vic Emery, Chair of the SPA said:
“The SPA welcomes the First Minister’s commitments on policing announced in her Programme for Government. The SPA remains committed to continuous improvement of policing. In recent years we have built strong and effective relationships with our partners in scrutiny to ensure policing is appropriately influenced by local communities and we have embarked on our own improvement plan to strengthen the governance arrangements within policing.
“The journey to reform policing is an ongoing process and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government and Police Scotland to identify the needs of a sustainable police service in the future and to further improvements in the year ahead."
For full details of the Programme for Government please visit the Scottish Government's website at www.gov.scot.