Date lodged: 11 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00181 by Michael Matheson on 8 November 2016 (Official Report, c. 3), what powers it has to ask Police Scotland to suspend or cancel the review of its estate.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 24 November 2016
Governance of the Police Service of Scotland is a matter for the Scottish Police Authority, as established in the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 with cross-party support.
The Scottish Government has no current plans to use its powers to direct the Scottish Police Authority under Section 5 of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act in relation to this matter. The Scottish Government would encourage all members to participate in local engagement activity being led by Divisional Commanders in relevant areas.