Under-fire Police Scotland watchdog boss quits with £250k pay-off
The under-fire chief of Police Scotland’s watchdog quit yesterday amid a barrage of criticism over the way it was run – with a £250,000 pay-off. Susan Deacon resigned 48 hours after the Scottish Police Authority was blasted in Scottish Parliament committee meetings. Her job ended after HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland Gill Imery said the body was not doing “particularly well” in holding Police Scotland to account and advocating for the force. Imery told Holyrood’s justice Committee on Tuesday that top cops at Police Scotland had become “frustrated” by the lack of scrutiny.
Disastrous Police Scotland watchdog has failed and we need to start afresh
The creation of the Scottish Police Authority has been a disaster for one of our most vital public services. Set up as part of the move towards the creation of a single police force, it was supposed to act as an oversight body for Police Scotland. The reality is that this toothless watchdog has failed from its first day. Its first chair, Vic Emery, quit in 2015 after losing the confidence of the board. His successor, Andrew Flanagan, walked two years later after being accused of presiding over “Kremlin-style” secrecy. The SPA’s poor performance was at the heart of its difficulties.
Police authority chief Susan Deacon walks out with criticism of ‘flawed’ system
Scotland’s justice system is facing a new crisis after the resignation of a top public servant who said that oversight of Police Scotland was “fundamentally flawed”. Susan Deacon resigned as chairwoman of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) yesterday after two years in post and signalled that her position had been impeded by political interference. The authority was founded in 2013 to act as both paymaster and watchdog of the newly created single police force. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which scrutinises forces, found that it was failing on both counts in a report released in September.
Heroic Renfrewshire officers who tackled knife thug honoured at bravery awards
Two police officers from Renfrewshire who risked their own lives while capturing an armed thug have been honoured for their bravery. Constable Steven McDonald, who was stabbed in the chest during the arrest, and his colleague Bryan Cochran received the Scottish Police Federation bravery award at a ceremony in Edinburgh. The duo, who are normally based at intu Braehead shopping centre, in Renfrew, had been on their way to give evidence in a case at Glasgow Sheriff Court when they spotted youths acting suspiciously at a parked car.
Police watchdog chief Susan Deacon quits over ‘fundamentally flawed’ system
Susan Deacon was a Labour MSP for two terms, and served as health minister. Susan Deacon has resigned as chair of Scotland’s police watchdog, describing the system as “fundamentally flawed”. The former Labour MSP was appointed to the Scottish Police Authority in 2017. But in her resignation letter, she said there was “little more” she could do to make the governance and accountability of policing work effectively. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said “significant progress” had been made and the service was “in a much stronger place” than before her appointment. Prof Deacon was the third chair of the SPA since it began work in April 2013 alongside the launch of Scotland’s single police service.
Susan Deacon resigns as chair of the Scottish Police Authority, saying police governance is ‘fundamentally flawed’
Susan Deacon has resigned as chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) saying that the governance and accountability arrangements for policing in Scotland were “fundamentally flawed”. Deacon said she had made “every effort” to make the existing statutory framework function but had concluded there was “little more” she could do to make them work in practice.
Nicola Sturgeon rejects claims of ‘crisis’ in policing as watchdog chair quits
Nicola Sturgeon has rejected claims of a “crisis” in policing following the shock resignation of the head of the Scottish Police Authority. Opposition leaders warned of “toxic mix of chaos” in the police service following Professor Susan Deacon’s departure amid concerns over “fundamentally flawed” accountability. Senior SNP ministers insisted that policing in Scotland remained “sound” and work was being undertaken to address issues surrounding governance. But Prof Deacon, who announced her resignation yesterday, is understood to have grown frustrated over the lack of separation between politics and policy in the oversight of the new force.
Police Scotland in ‘crisis’ as watchdog chief dramatically resigns
Susan Deacon yesterday dramatically resigned as head of Scotland’s police watchdog prompting claims the force is in crisis. Professor Deacon gave a savage critique of the way Scottish policing is scrutinised when she told Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf she was quitting as Scottish Police Authority (SPA) chairwoman. In her resignation letter, Professor Deacon said she had “increasingly become convinced that the governance and accountability arrangements for policing in Scotland are fundamentally flawed, in structure, culture and practice”. Ms Deacon, a former Labour MSP and minister, said she had concluded there was “little more” she could do to make arrangements work effectively and suggested the government looks “afresh” at how the police is scrutinised.
Her departure means that three people have now left the post since Scotland’s eight divisional police forces were centralised to create Police Scotland in 2013.