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- Established in 2013 as national organisation to support, oversee and hold Police Scotland to account.
- Responsible for a workforce of more than 22,000 police officers and staff – 2nd largest police service in the UK with an annual budget of more than £1.2 billion.
- Primary function is to maintain, review and hold Police Scotland to account whilst promoting the key purpose of policing in Scotland – to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities.
- Responsible as employer of police workforce with duty to recruit senior officers (ACC and above) and assess complaint and conduct issues related to senior officers.
- SPA governed by a Board of up to 15 non-executive public appointees, selected by Scottish Ministers.
- Board members have a range of professional backgrounds and experiences and are remunerated for up to five days of time commitment each month with greater commitment from the Chair.
- SPA Board is supported by an Executive team which consists currently of approximately 40 staff.
- SPA has embarked on a programme of organisational improvement and restructuring to strengthen the organisation’s capacity and capability.
- SPA Chief Executive is the principal adviser to the Board and also the Accountable Officer to Parliament for a £1.1 billion police budget.
- SPA also responsible for Scotland’s 450-strong crime scene to court forensic service and for maintaining 150-strong network of volunteer independent custody visitors.