Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill offers £208K to new Chief of Single Scottish Police Force. KENNY MACASKILL, Scotland’s Justice Secretary has announced the advertisement of the post of Chief Constable of the new Police Service of Scotland, with an eye watering annual salary of TWO HUNDRED & EIGHT THOUSAND POUNDS, flying in the face of salary freezes across the public sector due to the recession & the massive public service cuts. BBC News reports more on the story HERE
In a short announcement, the Justice Secretary went onto claim there will be a saving of £1.4 billion over 15 years however many have disputed these figures, with one serving officer branding the Justice Secretary's boast as “fantasy”, saying “..the way the SNP want to spend & tax, any savings are more likely to be £15 over 1.4 billion years.”
Scottish Government Press Release : Chief Constable post advertised
The recruitment process for one of the top policing roles in the UK is now underway.
The first Chief Constable of the new Police Service of Scotland will shape and lead the second largest force in the UK with more than 17,000 officers and around 6,500 support staff serving more than five million people.
Establishing the new service marks the most significant change to policing in Scotland for a generation.
The Chief Constable will work closely with the Chair of the new Scottish Police Authority to ensure a smooth transition to the new service, which aims to go live on 1 April 2013. It will bring together the current eight police forces, the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) and the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) into a single service. He or she is expected to be appointed in October.
The Police Service of Scotland will remove unnecessary and costly duplication freeing up resources for frontline provision and saving £1.4 billion over 15 years. There are currently eight Chief Constables, nine Deputy Chief Constables and 13 Assistant Chief Constables costing around £3.5m every year.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “This is a historic opportunity for the first Chief Constable to shape and lead the new Police Service of Scotland. They will work closely with the Chair of the new Scottish Police Authority, who will hold the Chief Constable and the new service to account. It’s a unique and exciting time to be part of the police service in Scotland - recorded crime is at a 37 year low and there are record numbers of police officers in communities. Policing in Scotland is already excellent – but the new service gives us a unique opportunity to do more and build on those strengths. The role will be one of the most demanding and high profile policing posts in the UK, leading engagement with the public, private and voluntary sectors across Scotland, the UK and internationally."
Mr MacAskill continued : “The new Chief Constable will be a role model for the values of the police service, providing inspirational leadership, determining the future shape of policing as part of an ambitious programme of public service reform across Scotland. We brought forward this appointment to maintain momentum, ensure a smooth transition and leadership of the service through change so Scotland continues to have an excellent police service fit for the 21st Century.”
In comparison to the Justice Secretary’s claims the new Chief Constable will be a role model for values of the SNP’s new Police Service, MacAskill was recently caught up in media exposure of a jobs for the boys culture within the Police training college at Tulliallan, reported here : HERE
Room with a grace & favour view : John Geates retires with £300K pension then goes back to same job with a £95K salary all on MacAskill’s silent watch. KENNY MACASKILL, Scotland’s Justice Secretary has signed off on the reappointment of John Geates, the Director of the Scottish Police training college at Tulliallan near Perth to the same job albeit in a ‘civilian role’ after Geates retired from his official Police role with a whopping THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUND PENSION PAYOUT. The now retired Police College Director, at only forty nine years of age was allowed to return to his old job just 24 hours later, and will now earn a slightly reduced salary of NINETY FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS A YEAR, while also keeping his luxury grace & favour home on the Police training college campus, reports the Sunday Mail newspaper : Top cop retires and pockets £300k pension lump sum but is back at desk the next day