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Solicitor to head independent police scrutiny board

11 June 2014

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice has appointed Kate Frame as the new Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).

A solicitor and current head of the Crown Office’s Criminal Allegations Against the Police Division, Ms Frame will take up her new role in August.

The PIRC conducts independent investigations into serious incidents involving the police and independent scrutiny of the way police bodies operating in Scotland respond to complaints from the public.

Ms Frame succeeds Professor John McNeill, who vacates office on 15 August.

She said: “I am delighted to take up this appointment and look forward to building and strengthening public confidence through robust and independent investigation and oversight of matters which reflect public concern in the Scottish policing landscape.

“The work of my predecessor has provided a strong foundation which I will develop with partners to deliver a culture of continuous improvement, transparency and accountability within policing, providing public reassurance in the Police Service of Scotland.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill added: “The PIRC plays a vital role in safeguarding the trust the Scottish people have in their police service.

“The appointment of such an experienced and dedicated individual as Kate will build on the very valuable work already carried out by Professor McNeill. I wish her well in her new post.”