New bullying allegation prompts third investigation into chief constable

A third investigation has been launched into allegations that Police Scotland’s chief constable bullied colleagues.

Oct 2, 2017

A third investigation has been launched into allegations that Police Scotland’s chief constable bullied colleagues. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) confirmed it is investigating another complaint against Phil Gormley that if proven would amount to gross misconduct. Mr Gormley had already stepped aside to help the PIRC carry out two further inquiries into potential gross misconduct. The complaints are understood to relate to alleged bullying by Scotland’s most senior officer. The Scottish Police Authority has refused to comment on reports that a fourth complaint has been made against Mr Gormley. Mr Gormley denies the allegations and has previously said that he intends to return to his duties when the investigations have concluded. He was granted Special Leave last month when the PIRC announced its second inquiry. The chief constable vacancy is currently being filled by Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, who cancelled his retirement plans to take up the post.

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