Phil Gormley’s leave extended as investigations continue

Police Scotland’s chief constable will remain on leave for at least another month while allegations of bullying are investigated.

Oct 6, 2017

Police Scotland’s chief constable will remain on leave for at least another month while allegations of bullying are investigated. Phil Gormley stepped aside last month to help the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner examine potential gross misconduct. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) confirmed on Friday (September 6) that his leave has been extended for another month while the investigations continue. Three inquiries relating to alleged bullying are currently underway, and the SPA has refused to comment on reports of a fourth complaint. The chief constable vacancy is currently being filled by Deputy Chief Constable Designate Iain Livingstone. An SPA spokesperson said: “The SPA Board has reviewed its prior decision to grant a period of leave of absence requested by the chief constable and whether any other measures are necessary. “The Board has assessed and agreed that a continuing period of leave remains an appropriate measure to address investigative and welfare issues for all parties involved. “SPA has written to the chief constable confirming a continuation of his leave of absence, which will be reviewed again by Friday November 3 2017.”

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