The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has today suspended a senior officer from Police Scotland duties.
The decision was taken by the SPA Board after a number of criminal and misconduct allegations were brought to the Authority’s attention by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).
The Authority may suspend a senior officer on the condition that an effective criminal or misconduct investigation may be prejudiced, or if the nature of the allegations would make suspension in the public interest.
Having considered the views of the PIRC, the Authority has concluded that both these conditions were satisfied and have taken the necessary steps this afternoon to suspend him from the office of constable.
The SPA has in addition today formally referred misconduct allegations relating to the senior officer to the PIRC for further investigation having assessed that, if proven, they would constitute gross misconduct.
The suspension is effective with immediate effect and will be reviewed in four weeks, or if there is a change in circumstances relevant to the suspension.
The Deputy Chief Constable Designate, Iain Livingstone, has been advised and is taking the necessary steps to ensure effective interim management arrangements are put in place.
A senior police officer is one of Assistant Chief Constable rank or above, and in this instance does not relate to the Chief Constable or his Designate.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) have issued their own statment regarding this matter which can be accessed from the following link: Commissioner launches investigation into allegations of criminality against Police Scotland officers.