Police Scotland names Farrell as chief constable

June 15, 2023


Police Scotland has appointed its first female Chief Constable.

Jo Farrell has been in charge of Durham Constabulary since 2019.

She replaces Sir Iain Livingstone as the head of the national force when he retires in August, earning £232,452 per year.

Farrell will lead Police Scotland for at least the next four years and will take charge at a time when it is the focus of attention due to its investigation into the SNP’s finances.

She led an investigation into the so-called “Beergate” scandal in which Sir Keir Starmer was alleged to have broken Covid-19 laws by sharing a beer and a curry with colleagues. He was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Justice Secretary Angela Constance said: “Jo is the first women to be appointed to this role. As the force marks its 10th anniversary year, she has shown she has the skills needed to lead the service into the next decade and meet the challenges ahead.”


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