Appeal for clarity over new force

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SENIOR police officers ­yesterday called for an “outbreak of common sense” to resolve uncertainty over who will control certain functions in the new single force in Scotland.

The Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS) said officers and ­police staff need clarity over who is in charge of the unified force, which officially starts in spring. The demand has been made ahead of the first meeting of the Scottish Police Authority Board this week.

The ASPS said it believed that the Chief Constable, Stephen House, should be responsible for the direction and control of all resources and that the SPA should hold him to account for delivery of police services to the public. It also insisted that the “critical function” of finance and human resources must come under his control.