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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16174: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 25 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the legal consequences are of the post of the Chief Constable being vacant.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 9 May 2018

The vacancy of the chief constable post is covered by section 18(3) of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 which sets out that the Scottish Police Authority must designate a deputy chief constable to carry out the chief constable’s functions where the office of chief constable is vacant, or the chief constable is unable to carry out those functions by reason of being absent, incapacitated or suspended from duty.