Police Scotland needs to change, says new chief constable
Iain Livingstone has said he looks forward to tackling the challenges faced by the force.
Police Scotland must adapt if it hopes to deal with 21st century challenges, the incoming chief constable has said.
Iain Livingstone will begin his new role at the end of the month after serving as acting chief constable since September last year.
Mr Livingstone, who said he was "proud and humbled" by the appointment, will take charge of a force reeling from a string of scandals including allegations of bullying by former chief constable Phil Gormley.
However, the new chief said he was looking forward to the challenge of rebuilding confidence in Police Scotland.
Speaking to STV political editor Bernard Ponsonby, he said: "I don't underestimate the challenges, but I've got confidence - not only in myself, but in the wider team.
"The great strength of Police Scotland is the men and women involved in it, the officers and staff.
"I know these people and I've got confidence in their ability to meet the many challenges that we have."
These challenges will include adapting to the changing face of policing.
Mr Livingstone said his priority will remain "serving the people of Scotland," but added: "We need to change. We know we need to change.
"The challenges of policing are greater than they've ever been. The world is much more international, there's much more cybercrime for us to investigate, there's much more requirement for us to protect the vulnerable and work with other partners.
"So there are many challenges, but I know what they are and we'll be in a position to deal with them."
A police officer for more than 25 years, Mr Livingstone planned to retire in autumn 2017 but stayed on after the allegations about Mr Gormley emerged.
He told STV he now hopes to form a successful and transparent working relationship with the justice minister and the Scottish Police Authority.
"I think it's vital that there is robust and effective governance of policing in Scotland," he said.
"That's how policing gets its legitimacy.
"Key to that are personal relationships, personal behaviours and I am committed to working very closely with the authority and with everybody in Scottish life to ensure that policing is accountable."