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Authority Meeting

Date : 24 March 2021
Time : 10.00
Location : MS Teams

The Scottish Police Authority is following national guidelines in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and this is having an impact on how we are conducting our business. For the foreseeable future, all essential business of the Authority and its committees will be conducted via video conference. You can watch the Authority's proceedings, live or recorded, on the following link: Authority Meeting - March 2021 on Livestream

The agenda will be published at least seven working days ahead of the meeting with papers published three working days ahead of the meeting.

1. Introduction and Welcome:
1.1 Chair’s Opening Remarks
1.2 Apologies
1.3 Declarations of Interest
1.4 Any Other business
1.5 Decision on taking business in private (Items 14-16)

2. Minute and Actions from previous meeting:
2.1 Minute from meeting held on 24 February 2021 for approval
2.2 Rolling Action Log and Matters Arising
2.3 Decisions since last meeting

3. SPA Chair’s Report plus IAG Letter
Report for Discussion presented by the SPA Chair

4. Chief Constable’s Report
Report for Discussion presented by the Chief Constable

5. SPA Chief Executive’s Report
Report for Discussion presented by SPA Chief Executive

6. Scottish Police Authority Budget 2021/22
Report for Approval presented by the Chief Financial Officer, Police Scotland

7. Environmental Strategy
Report presented for Approval by the Deputy Chief Officer, Police Scotland

8. Equalities Outcomes
Report for Approval presented by the SPA Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Constable – People and Professionalism

9. 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26)
Report for Discussion presented by Deputy Chief Constable – Local Policing

10. Draft Annual Police Plan 2021/22 
Report for Discussion presented by the Chief Constable

11. Implementation of Cyber Strategy
Report presented for Discussion by the Deputy Chief Constable - Crime and Operational Support

12. Policing Performance Report Quarter 3 2020
Report for Discussion presented by the Deputy Chief Constable – People & Professionalism

13. Committee and Oversight Group Reports
Report for Discussion presented by the Committee and Oversight Group Chairs

The following items will be taken in private

14. Minute and Actions from previous meeting:
14.1 Minute for approval relating to items held in private on 24 February 2021
14.2 Minute for approval relating to items held in private on 26 February 2021
14.3 Rolling Action Log and Matters Arising

15. Referrals from Resources Committee for Approval
15.1 Contract Awards:
15.1.1 Conducted Energy Devices (Tasers) & Associated Equipment
15.1.2 Custody Temporary Upgrades Op Urram
15.2 Business Cases:
15.2.1 Request for Reform Funding for Project Feasibilities/Specialist Design Work FY 2021/22 & FY 2022/23

16. Staff and Officer Pay Award 2021/22
Report for Approval presented by the Director of People and Development, Police Scotland


Subject to agreement by the Authority at agenda item 1 above, items of business will be considered in private for the reasons noted below:
Items 14, 15 and 16 in accordance with the SPA’s Standing Orders section 20.
Circumstances in which meetings may be held in private include where:
• information relating to identified or identifiable individuals (including members of staff) could be disclosed where there is a risk of a breach of data protection legislation.
• public discussion of the information may prejudice any police operation or the prosecution of offenders.
• disclosure of information could prejudice national security.
• matters to be discussed are the subject of legal proceedings (including misconduct or disciplinary proceedings) or where the information to be discussed consists of or includes legal advice provided to the Authority or to a third party.
• an obligation of confidentiality exists in respect of the information to be discussed.
• confidential commercial or financial information not already in the public domain could be disclosed.
• proposals for significant organisational change, significant changes to the terms and conditions of staff or other sensitive matters are being considered.
• discussion in public would be likely to inhibit the free and frank provision of advice or the free and frank exchange of views for the purpose of deliberation.
• other, exceptional circumstances exist that would justify considering the matter in private, such circumstances to be agreed by the Board and included in the minute of the meeting