Police Scotland recruits turn their backs on the force after chief constable ... trends now
Potential police recruits withdrew their job applications after the force's chief constable said it was institutionally racist, a watchdog has disclosed.
The comments by Sir Iain Livingstone sparked a public backlash and were responsible for a slump in morale among rank-and-file officers, according to a damning report.
Sir Iain, who has since retired, told a public board meeting of the Scottish Police Authority in May that it was 'right for [him]… to clearly state that institutional racism, sexism, misogyny and discrimination exist'.
Current Chief Constable Jo Farrell reiterated her predecessor's claim of endemic racism in the ranks when she took up the post in October.
Craig Naylor – His Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland – said Sir Iain's statement had left many officers feeling 'disenchanted'.
Potential police recruits withdrew their job applications after the force's chief constable Sir Iain Livingstone (pictured) said it was institutionally racist, a watchdog has disclosed
In his excoriating report into how Police Scotland is run, he said the comments led to public 'negativity' towards officers and their families.
Mr Naylor said some prospective officers had scrapped applications, blaming Sir Iain's comments as the reason they were turning their back on a career in the police.
Last night Scottish Tory justice spokesman Russell Findlay said: 'It is concerning that these public statements appear to have had a negative impact on recruitment at a time when