Magazine article Public Finance

'Smooth' Switch to National Force

Magazine article Public Finance

'Smooth' Switch to National Force

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Vic Emery, the chair of Scotland's controversial national police authority, laid claim to a successful first year in operation, but admitted there was further to travel.

Outstanding challenges included better communications, distinguishing governance from operational matters, and delivering innovative service reforms, he told delegates.

The Scottish Police Authority came into operation last April alongside the national police force, Police Scotland, created by merging eight regional and two specialist forces. Emery said some decisions - including the closure of police station front desks - had been contentious. For the most part, though, the public had not noticed the change to a national force, which he took as a sign that the transition had been smoothly managed.

This was despite the structure coming into being 18 months after the ministerial announcement and six months after the authority's board first met It had taken three years to set up the National Crime Agency south of the border, he noted. …

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