Cabinet (Meetings)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 13 June 2013.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party

Vic Emery, the chair of the Scottish Police Authority, said today:

“There is plenty of confidence and continuity at the top of the Scottish Police Authority. Strategic direction and decision-making at the Scottish Police Authority continues to be provided by a board of 13 members. We have all been appointed for a four-year term. Continuity is strong at board level and the organisation is developing and maturing its relationships with both Police Scotland and other stakeholders.”

He also pointed out that he has been before the Parliament on a number of occasions. I do not think that Willie Rennie should conflate interim appointments with permanent ones at the Scottish Police Authority. He should take the word of the chairman of the authority, who says that matters are in hand and that the organisation looks confidently to the future.

Given the spectacular success of the Scottish police service in delivering the lowest rate of recorded crime for a generation and the excellence of its performance across Scotland, a party that is forecasting doom and disaster when all the figures on justice and the effectiveness of the police in Scotland say otherwise is going to be on a hiding to nothing as those points and arguments are replayed to it in the months to come.