Police in ‘chaos’, says MSP Jim Hume

Sir Stephen House has announced his intention to step down as Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

Sir Stephen House has announced his intention to step down as Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

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South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume believes the resignation of Police Scotland’s chief constable indicates that Police Scotland is in chaos. He said: “The early resignation of Stephen House reveals the chaos at the heart of Police Scotland.

“The SNP Government must accept responsibility for this chaos.

“They rammed through the centralisation of our police service despite warnings. They set up the toothless Scottish Police Authority. They appointed the Chief Constable.

“The SNP government needs to demonstrate that it understands what a troubling legacy Stephen House leaves behind.

“Not only has he managed to forge a force that is both a heavy handed presence and yet remote from the communities it should serve, he has also allowed the morale of police and civilian staff to plummet.

“Before they advertise for a new chief constable the SNP government needs to think long and hard about the shortcomings of this deeply flawed organisation it is responsible for. Only by acknowledging those serious shortcomings can we begin to recover what has been lost.”