The SPA has received a complaint about the Chief Constable which is being progressed in line with The Police Service of Scotland (Conduct) (Senior Officers) Regulations 2013. Deputy Chair of the Board, Nicola Marchant has issued the following statement in respect of the complaint:
“Following confirmation yesterday that the PIRC will carry out an investigation into allegations about the Chief Constable referred to them by the SPA Chief Executive, the SPA Board today convened a meeting with the CEO to consider the question of whether any measures, such as a suspension, are required.
“At this stage, and having carefully considered and balanced the various investigatory and public interest criteria within the regulations, the SPA takes the view that a suspension is not appropriate. As with any process of this nature, that is an issue we will keep under review.
“While complaints and conduct issues relating to senior officers are handled within a clear set of guidelines and procedures, the circumstances behind each case are different and so therefore should any consideration of whether a period of suspension is appropriate.
“We welcome the public commitment by the Chief Constable that he will cooperate fully with the PIRC and provide all necessary assistance. This sends a clear signal of intent, and we have no doubts that this is also the full expectation of the PIRC investigators.
“While we recognise the visibility and keen interest that comes with any allegation relating to an individual of this seniority, it is important for all those involved for the investigative process to be allowed to progress with diligence, proportionality and confidentiality.
“In due course, and subject to appropriate dialogue with the parties at the time, SPA would take the view that it is in the public interest that there should then be a public communication on the outcomes of this process.”