The chief constable of Police Scotland is to stand down from his post, BBC Scotland has learned. Sir Stephen House had been under severe pressure over the three days it took his officers to respond to a fatal crash on the M9. He has also been criticised over armed officers being put on routine patrol and his force’s policies on stopping and searching juveniles. Sir Stephen is to leave his post in three months’ time.
He had previously indicated he was likely to leave his post when his four year contract expired in September of next year.
Sir Stephen, who was previously the chief constable of Strathclyde Police, oversaw the complex amalgamation of Scotland’s eight regional police forces into the single national force, which is the second largest in the UK.
Since then, he has overseen successes such as the policing of last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
But he was criticised over his decision to put armed officers on routine patrols, as well as the force’s policy on stopping and searching juveniles.
He had faced calls to resign from opposition politicians, but Scotland first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has always insisted she had full confidence in Sir Stephen.
Sir Stephen House, the chief constable of Police Scotland, is to stand down from his post, BBC Scotland has learned.
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