PUBLISHED 15 MAY 2016
Over the coming year, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and Police Scotland will merge their two existing financial director roles into a single chief finance officer post.
The SPA and Police Scotland have been jointly reviewing their approach to financial direction and control since the new Chair and Chief Constable were appointed, informed by the practical learning of the last three years and the recommendations of the recent review of governance.
The new chief finance officer is expected to be recruited and in place by the end of the 2016-17 financial year. The post will sit within Police Scotland and will have a more direct link to the SPA chief executive, strengthening strategic oversight of financial matters and better reflecting accountable officer responsibilities.
The new role will also provide both the SPA board and Police Scotland leadership teams with a single point of strategic advice on financial matters. It will also reduce the risk of conflicting priorities, duplication and bureaucracy impacting on the effectiveness of the finance function in shaping a more effective and efficient policing organisation. Once implemented, the merged role will also contribute significant savings.
The respective existing director roles in both SPA and Police Scotland will be phased out. Both SPA and Police Scotland wish to thank the individuals concerned for the considerable work they have put in to the establishment of the single service.
To ensure all financial obligations and responsibilities continue to be met and a smooth transition to the new arrangements takes place, the SPA has secured the services of James Gray on secondment from PWC to support Police Scotland as an interim chief financial officer over this period and allow recruitment of the new permanent role to be completed. In addition, Karen Kelly, who was appointed as interim chief financial officer within the SPA in January to strengthen the financial arrangements across policing, will have her part-time contract extended until September 2016.
Both the SPA and Police Scotland are committed to strengthening the financial arrangements within policing and we are confident this strategic change will support this aim.