Third allegation made against chief constable under investigation

Police Scotland’s chief constable faces a third complaint while already being investigated over allegations of bullying.

Sep 28, 2017

Police Scotland’s chief constable faces a third complaint while already being investigated over allegations of bullying. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) confirmed a fresh complaint against Phil Gormley has been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, which is currently investigating him for potential gross misconduct. Mr Gormley was granted ‘special leave’ earlier this month and has stepped aside while the inquiry continues. The announcement prompted Deputy Chief Constable Designate Iain Livingstone to cancel his retirement plans and take over leadership of Police Scotland until further notice. Mr Gormley’s leave is being kept under review on a four-weekly basis. An SPA spokesperson said: “The Scottish Police Authority has today referred a complaint made against Police Scotland’s chief constable to the PIRC. “This follows an assessment by the SPA which determined that, if proven, the allegations would amount to misconduct and require to be investigated. “Complaint and conduct matters are confidential and the SPA will not provide any further comment on this case at this time.”

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