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Independent Review of the role of the Scottish Police Authority, the Chair and Members

Former Auditor General for Scotland, Mr Robert Black was tasked by the Scottish Government to respond to the HMICS Thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority's recommendation to review the roles of its Chair and members in executive work. His report and conclusion is available now.

The HMICS Thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority published 26 September 2019 sought to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the Scottish Police Authority in terms of fulfilling both its core role and its statutory obligations under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 and as a public body. Whilst the inspection report’s key findings recognised the knowledge and expertise brought by the range of professional backgrounds represented on the Authority’s Board, it also stated that many of the members, including the Chairing Member were acting out-with their non-executive role.

The Scottish Government, in responding to the HMICS’s Thematic Inspection, commissioned former Auditor General for Scotland, Mr Robert Black CBE, FRSE, FRSS, FRSA to review and address Recommendation No. 3 of the Inspection report which states [The Scottish Government and the Scottish Police Authority] should undertake an immediate review of the roles of the Chair and Board members in executive work, in line with principles of good governance, empowering the Scottish Police Authority executive team to assume operational management of the organisation.

Mr Black undertook to – • Review the scope of work currently undertaken by the Chair and members of the Authority against the recruitment advert. • Review the time commitment of members and the Chairing member of the Authority as stated in the recruitment advert of 5 days per month and up to 12 days per month respectively. • Provide clarity regarding the legitimate scope and time commitment required of both roles.

His report and conclusion are published here.

Oversight of Policing in Scotland: Independent Review of the Role of the SPA, The Chair and Members 13 page PDF, 321.9 kB


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