Police Scotland officers unhappy with chief Stephen House’s stop and search tactics

STAFF morale is low and adversely affected by the pace and nature of change according to a HMICS report.

EVEN Scotland’s police officers are unhappy with their chief’s stop-and-search tactics.

A report says some believe the controversial policy is “disproportionately prioritised” over other duties.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland also said some officers in the Ayrshire division felt an emphasis on targets was having unintended consequences.

And HMICS found that staff morale was “adversely affected by the pace and nature of change” after the creation of the single police force in April 2013.

The report mirrored the findings of an inspection of the Fife division in October.

At Holyrood last week, Police Scotland chief constable Stephen House was questioned by MSPs on stop-and-searching under-12s and admitted frontline officers were under pressure to meet targets.

He revealed that 20,000 pieces of data on stop-and-search were “lost” because someone pressed the wrong button and accepted there was a communication problem between the force and the public.

House told MSPs he was “sorry” for the mishandling of the figures and suggested much of the problem was down to officers’ training.

He added: “Stop-and-search has the illusion of being easy to understand.

“Actually it’s quite a complicated matter.

“Our own officers, who are well-trained and extremely well-motivated … we still need to talk to some of them about what the issues are.”

The meeting came as an ex-cop claimed House had created a culture obsessed with meaningless targets.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/police-scotland-officers-unhappy-chief-5240749

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