Derek Penman, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, has given notice to the Scottish Government of his intention to retire on 31 March 2018.
He said: “I am proud to have led HMICS for almost four years, during which time I have consistently sought to improve policing across Scotland, addressing significant issues and making recommendations for change through the publication of over 30 inspection reports. Having re-established HMICS as a key scrutiny body in the new policing landscape, the time is now right for me to move on to new professional challenges.
“I have given the Scottish Government early notice of my intention to allow them sufficient time to recruit and appoint my successor.
“During my remaining time in post, I am keen to focus on supporting the new Chair and Chief Executive of the Scottish Police Authority and the executive team of Police Scotland in addressing current priorities.”
Mr Penman has spent 33 years in policing, the last four of which have been as HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary.