Scotland’s new top cop has been officially sworn in, praising what has been achieved at the force but stressing there is “still more to be done”.
Chief Constable Phil Gormley today (Tuesday, January 5) officially took up the post at a ceremony at the Police Scotland College at Tulliallan and used his first opportunity in the job to meet probationers undertaking training in preparation for taking up policing roles across Scotland.
Mr Gormley said: “It is an honour to have been selected to lead Police Scotland and I am acutely aware of the significant responsibility and expectation that comes with the role of Chief Constable, Police Scotland.
“This is one of the most demanding jobs in British policing and I feel immensely proud to have been chosen to lead the men and women of Police Scotland through the next stage of its journey.”
Mr Gormley, former deputy director of the National Crime Agency, has taken over as chief constable from Sir Stephen House, who stood down at the end of November after three years in the job.
He continued: “Much has been achieved in the first few years of Police Scotland but there is still more to be done – and I recognise the importance the public and partners place on the level of service we provide.
This is one of the most demanding jobs in British policing and I feel immensely proud to have been chosen to lead the men and women of Police Scotland through the next stage of its journey.Chief Constable Phil Gormley
“There is no doubt we are in a challenging financial environment – despite the savings already made, it is my responsibility working with colleagues to deliver the best service possible with the available resources. This will require difficult decisions but I am determined that we will develop a service the public trust and have confidence in and which our officers and staff are proud to provide.
“It will be vital that we work closely with all our partners to ensure that we make the best possible use of public resources to provide the service and protection that the people and communities of Scotland have a right to expect.”
The Chief Constable was joined at the swearing-in ceremony by the Scottish Police Authority chairman Andrew Flanagan.
Mr Flanagan said: “The appointment by the SPA of Phil Gormley as Chief Constable of Police Scotland is a key part of the next phase of change for policing, and we welcome him taking up the reins this week.”
He added: ”The recent budget announcement by the Scottish Government demonstrates welcome support for police funding next year and provides an encouraging base on which the SPA and the new Chief Constable can build.
“With the SPA governance review also due to report in March and the Scottish Government consulting the public on policing priorities, there is now a major opportunity in the early part of 2016 to shape the future direction of policing with the active participation and involvement of the police workforce, partners and local communities.”