Force strife goes on

THE power struggle between the civilian and operational heads of Scotland's single police force over control of certain functions has yet to be resolved, MSPs have heard.

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Police Service of Scotland chief constable Steve House said he is "struggling" with Vic Emery, the chairman of civilian oversight body the Scottish Police Authority, over who should have day-to-day control over human resources and finance.

Mr House believes they should be under his supervision at the new police HQ while Mr Emery believes they should remain closer to the civilian structure.

Mr House told the Justice Committee about "grey areas", including "a gobsmacking major problem" where he does not appear to have control over police support staff.

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