The search for a chief constable to lead Scotland’s new single police force has begun with an advertised salary of more than £200,000.
The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill passed through the Scottish Parliament last month with the third and final stage of legislation agreed by 101 votes to six.
Under the shake-up, eight existing police and fire brigade forces are to be merged into a single unit by April next year as part of plans designed to save £1.7bn over the next 15 years.
The recruitment process for the first Chief Constable, who will be tasked with leading the second largest force in the UK at a total of more than 17,000 officers and around 6,500 support staff, opened today ahead of an expected appointment in October.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “The role will be one of the most demanding and high profile policing posts in the UK, leading engagement with the public, private and voluntary sectors across Scotland, the UK and internationally.
“The new Chief Constable will be a role model for the values of the police service, providing inspirational leadership, determining the future shape of policing as part of an ambitious programme of public service reform across Scotland.
“We brought forward this appointment to maintain momentum, ensure a smooth transition and leadership of the service through change so Scotland continues to have an excellent police service fit for the 21st Century.”
The starting salary for the post sits at £208,100 with no bonus. A closing date of August 16 has been earmarked for applications.