Joint statement

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Dear Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland,

On the 28th November 2017, DCC Iain Livingstone of Police Scotland provided a Quote to the media that Police Scotland was not in crisis. That same joint statement also came from Scottish Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, and HMICS Derek Penman on the 29th November 2017, and followed by SPA Chair, Susan Deacon on 3rd December 2017.

Since these organisations are supposed to be independent of one another, and of government, I would ask why there was such a joint statement and would ask that you confirm the originating source of the statement please.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Wright

Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

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Dear Ms Wright

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) has a statutory duty to assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. An important part of our role is to carry out independent inspections and to make recommendations for improvement, always considering the impact on public confidence in policing. On 29th November 2017, HMICS issued comments on Police Scotland, which can be seen on our website [https://www.hmics.scot/news/hmics-commen.... This was not a joint statement with any other party. The comments were from Mr Penman in his role as HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary giving his professional view about the state of policing in the context of media reporting on challenges at that time. The issuing of such comments is in keeping with his statutory duty, and intended to provide an element of reassurance to the public.

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Joanna Gardner
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Dear Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland,

Thank you for your quick reply.

So this was not a joint statement? It was not planned, instructed (even by Ministers?) nor arranged as a uniform support statement?

Can you therefore elaborate on the wording and timing of the seemingly joint statement by the organisations mentioned? That each decided to put out the same statement at the same time? If not a joint statement, and not politically influenced, then please elaborate what triggered that particular statement on that particular date? Was it a particlar article? Case? Whatever it was it illicited the same response at the same time from all of you.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Wright

Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

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Dear Ms Wright

HMICS would refer you back to its response sent on 22nd December 2017 in order to answer the questions at the start of your email, albeit these may be rhetorical. In terms of a specific catalyst for the statement from Mr Penman on 29 November, the context at the time was one of increasing media reports about issues relating to Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. In particular, news emerged on the Friday (24th November) about the suspension of an Assistant Chief Constable, and reporting over the weekend covered that situation as well as the existing one relating to the Chief Constable. In these circumstances with the potential impact on public confidence in policing, it was reasonable to expect HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland to comment, which Mr Penman did in his statement.

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Joanna Gardner
Research and Inspection Support
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