Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson is to step down from his role with Police Scotland when his contract expires later this year.
Chief Constable Philip Gormley, who was informed of the decision today (Tuesday), is in discussion with the Scottish Police Authority and a selection process to identify DCC Richardson’s replacement will start shortly.
The Chief Constable said: “Neil has served the communities of Scotland for over 30 years and has been a pivotal figure in the reform of policing and the creation of the single national Service. His contribution has been outstanding and that has been recognised with the award of the OBE and QPM.”
SPA chairman Andrew Flanagan said: “Neil has been a leading figure in Scottish policing for many years and I wish him every success as his future develops beyond policing. He has been an outstanding public servant and leader.”
Commenting on his decision, DCC Richardson said: “I am extremely proud of what we have achieved in Police Scotland and privileged to have been able to play a part in what has been an historic change to policing in this country.”