Governance Review Update


SPA Governance Review progressing.


In September 2015, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice asked the Chair of the SPA to undertake a review of governance in policing. Full details about the review, its remit and the membership of the external reference group set up to support the work can be accessed from the following link: SPA Review of Governance.

Work on the review - which aims to ensure robust governance and accountability arrangements are in place within policing - is progressing well. Work to date has focused on researching alternative models of governance; identifying best practice elsewhere in the public sector; and gathering views from a wide range of stakeholders. The response from a range of stakeholders have been very encouraging and has included:

  • Two workshop sessions and a number of individual engagement sessions held for elected members and officers covering the majority of Scotland’s Local Authorities.
  • Written submissions from 39 stakeholders in response to a call for views.
  • Individual engagement sessions between the Chair and the new Chief Constable.
  • Individual engagement sessions with stakeholders including; HMICS, PIRC, Audit Scotland, COSLA, the Improvement Service, Trade Unions and Staff Associations, the Crown, and politicians.

In addition, the External Reference Group has met on three occasions now to consider progress. A final meeting is scheduled to consider the final report in advance of it being submitted to the Cabinet Secretary in March 2016.