The Scottish Police are involved in a secrecy battle over a disciplinary case involving alleged sexist statements by a homicide officer.
Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Jamieson has been investigated on allegations that he spoke of a “yeast infection” in a speech given to a colleague, but police refuse to comment.
Jamieson, who has worked on several high profile criminal investigations, got into trouble after delivering a speech at a farewell speech.
A complaint was filed after allegedly making inappropriate comments about a woman’s clothes and a yeast infection.
A source compared the content to the sexist comments on the police drama Life On Mars, in which actor Philip Glenister plays an ’80s cop with outdated views.
Jamieson was given restricted duties as a result of the complaint.
The investigation by the Professional Standards Department has ended, but the Power is very hesitant in reaching a conclusion.
Chief Superintendent Andy McDowall, Head of Police Scotland’s PSD, said: “We have received a complaint that has been handled by the Professional Standards Conduct Department. That process is now complete and we will not comment further on this particular matter.
“In general, sexism and discrimination of any kind are completely unacceptable. Because of their position, our officials are set higher standards than the normal public and this is made clear from the first day of training.
“The vast majority of our senior executives behave in accordance with our values of fairness, integrity and respect.
“If we are made aware of inappropriate behavior, professional standards will take it into account.”
Police silence comes as police forces across the UK come under scrutiny for sexism and misogyny.
A labor court recently ruled that the culture in an armed police force from Police Scotland was “terrible” and an “absolute boys club”.
The tribunal accepted evidence of a “sexist culture” in the armed reaction force (ARV) in eastern Scotland.
It also found that hundreds of sexual misconduct cases had been brought against Scotland Police officers over the past four years – but none resulted in a dismissal.
An independent review of how the police deal with complaints, led by former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini, supported all public hearings on gross misconduct by police officers.
Last night, MSPs requested the outcome of the police disciplinary proceedings against Jamieson.
Scottish Labor MP Pauline McNeill said: “Transparency is essential so that we are clear that steps have been taken to ensure that this type of behavior is not repeated.
“If women are to feel equal and are not to work in an environment where they have overt sexism, this type of behavior needs to be addressed.
“For now, the police should do everything possible to send a clear message that sexism and harassment will not be tolerated in their ranks.
“You are doing yourself no favors with this wall of silence.
“We need real openness and accountability throughout the police complaint system so that we can be confident that appropriate standards are being met. Everyday sexism is still endemic in our society and we must relentlessly exterminate it wherever it exists – both in our public and private organizations. “
Scottish Tory MSP Russell Findlay said: “The public should be able to see the outcome of cases like this one involving grossly sexist comments by a senior male official.
“This would help to restore public confidence, but it remains to be seen whether the SNP government will take the necessary measures.”
The Scottish Green MSP Maggie Chapman called for a “positive culture” within the force.
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