The police have a duty to uphold and enforce the law and maintain the peace in Scotland.
The establishment of a single police service will safeguard Scotland’s excellent local policing from cuts, while also ensuring all parts of the country have access to specialist equipment and expertise.
Police Scotland will be supported and held to account by the Scottish Police Authority, which is in turn accountable to Parliament and government.
Andy Cowie has taken up the post as the Assistant HMI of Constabulary, which is a Ministerial appointment, from 5 August 2013. Further information is available on the HMICS website.