Police Scotland Chief Constable's admission national force is 'racist and sexist' 'could have come sooner'
26.05.2023 - 09:47
The chief constable of Scotland's police force has accepted his public admission that the service is "institutionally racist and discriminatory" could have come sooner.
Sir Iain Livingstone made the comment during a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board on Thursday, saying the first step to change is acknowledging the issue. First Minister Humza Yousaf described his admission as "monumental" and "historic".
Sir Iain was keen to stress he was not pointing the finger at individual officers, but conceded some communities in Scotland are not getting the service from police that they should be. With just months left before he retires from the force, Sir Iain has come in for criticism over the timing of his statement, including from former SPA board member Moi Ali.
Asked on the BBC's Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Friday if the announcement could have come sooner, the chief constable said: "Could I have done this earlier? Could I have myself got to this position of accepting and recognising institutional discrimination? Well perhaps, perhaps I could have, and I accept that.
"But what I do say is that I've always been committed to driving equality, diversity and inclusion - we've got far greater representation now in policing than we've ever had.
"Lots more to do, but I think I leave the organisation in a far better place than I found it."
Sir Iain insisted his statement does not represent a failure of his leadership, adding: "I will leave office later in August, after having been chief constable for almost six years, I think we've got Police Scotland into a far more stable place."
He said that of more than 570 murders since the creation of Police Scotland 10 years ago, just one remains undetected, describing