Nicola Sturgeon loans press chief to Police Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon loans press chief to Police Scotland 08 Mar 2016

Fiona Wilson, the Scottish Government’s head of news, will move to Police Scotland next week to start a six-month secondment as communications chief with the hope of turning round some of its negative publicity 

Nicola Sturgeon is to loan the head of her government’s press office to Scotland’s beleaguered police force to help improve its public image, the Telegraph can disclose.

Fiona Wilson, the Scottish Government’s head of news, will move to Police Scotland next week to start a six-month secondment as communications chief with the hope of turning round some of its negative publicity.

The move comes after Phil Gormley replaced Sir Stephen House as chief constable following a series of controversies culminating in the M9 crash scandal.

Criticism of Police Scotland reached fever pitch after officers took three days to respond to a report of a crashed vehicle by the side of the motorway.

When they finally arrived, John Yuill was found dead and his girlfriend, Lamara Bell, conscious and trying to escape. However, the 25-year-old mother-of-two died later in hospital

The force also faced intense criticism over Sir Stephen’s high-handed response to concerns raised about the excessive use of stop-and-search powers, spying on a journalist’s sources and the deployment of armed officers on routine patrols. READ IN FULL

 
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