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Former firearms officers says £1m payout will not make up for pain Former firearms officers says £1m payout will not make up for pain
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Ms Malone won an employment tribunal case against Police ScotlandMs Malone won an employment tribunal case against Police Scotland
A former firearms officer awarded £1m from Police Scotland says no amount of compensation will "ever make up for the pain and sacrifices" she made.A former firearms officer awarded £1m from Police Scotland says no amount of compensation will "ever make up for the pain and sacrifices" she made.
Rhona Malone was victimised while working for the force, an employment tribunal ruled last year.Rhona Malone was victimised while working for the force, an employment tribunal ruled last year.
It found evidence of a sexist culture in her armed policing unit.It found evidence of a sexist culture in her armed policing unit.
Ms Malone said she was failed by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers.Ms Malone said she was failed by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers.
She said she was still trying to seek "accountability" from other organisations, including the Scottish Police Authority.She said she was still trying to seek "accountability" from other organisations, including the Scottish Police Authority.
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has personally apologised to Ms Malone.Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has personally apologised to Ms Malone.
The Scottish Police Federation has previously refused to comment on the case as elements were ongoing but it said it had a "long and proud history" of assisting members in discrimination cases.The Scottish Police Federation has previously refused to comment on the case as elements were ongoing but it said it had a "long and proud history" of assisting members in discrimination cases.
Police pay out almost £1m over sexism casePolice pay out almost £1m over sexism case
Ex-officer says police federation abandoned herEx-officer says police federation abandoned her
Sexist 'boys' club' culture in armed police unitSexist 'boys' club' culture in armed police unit
In a statement published a day after her £947,909.07 compensation deal was confirmed, Ms Malone said the last few years had been "excruciating and torturous".In a statement published a day after her £947,909.07 compensation deal was confirmed, Ms Malone said the last few years had been "excruciating and torturous".
But she said she hoped her experience of winning a victimisation claim against the force at an employment tribunal would "benefit many women now and in the future".But she said she hoped her experience of winning a victimisation claim against the force at an employment tribunal would "benefit many women now and in the future".
Ms Malone began her action against Police Scotland after a senior police officer said he did not want to see two female armed officers deployed together when there were sufficient male staff on duty.Ms Malone began her action against Police Scotland after a senior police officer said he did not want to see two female armed officers deployed together when there were sufficient male staff on duty.
The tribunal accepted evidence that there was an "absolute boys' club" culture within the armed response vehicle team in the east of Scotland.The tribunal accepted evidence that there was an "absolute boys' club" culture within the armed response vehicle team in the east of Scotland.
In its judgment last October, the employment tribunal upheld Ms Malone's claims of victimisation. However, her claim of direct discrimination was dismissed.In its judgment last October, the employment tribunal upheld Ms Malone's claims of victimisation. However, her claim of direct discrimination was dismissed.
'Grossly underestimated''Grossly underestimated'
Ms Malone's statement went on to criticise the actions of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Federation for their conduct.Ms Malone's statement went on to criticise the actions of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Federation for their conduct.
"Both organisations failed me and grossly underestimated my determination for acknowledgment and accountability," she said."Both organisations failed me and grossly underestimated my determination for acknowledgment and accountability," she said.
Ms Malone said the federation withdrew legal support for her case in 2019 when she refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and accept a "derisory" financial settlement.Ms Malone said the federation withdrew legal support for her case in 2019 when she refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and accept a "derisory" financial settlement.
As a result she was left with costs running into six figures.As a result she was left with costs running into six figures.
"At a time when I was at my most vulnerable and reliant on their support financially and mentally, I was abandoned, ignored, and discarded," she said."At a time when I was at my most vulnerable and reliant on their support financially and mentally, I was abandoned, ignored, and discarded," she said.
"I should not have been put in this position as a fully paid-up member of the federation," Ms Malone added. "Sadly, I know from other female police officers who have reached out to me that my experiences with the federation are not unique.""I should not have been put in this position as a fully paid-up member of the federation," Ms Malone added. "Sadly, I know from other female police officers who have reached out to me that my experiences with the federation are not unique."
The former firearms officer said she was grateful for the options and opportunities open to her following the pay-out from Police Scotland. The former firearms officer said she was grateful for the options and opportunities open to her following the payout from Police Scotland.
But she said they came at a "great cost" to herself, her family and her career.But she said they came at a "great cost" to herself, her family and her career.
"I would like it to be known that no amount of compensation would ever make up for the pain or sacrifices I made to hold Police Scotland to account but it will enable me to continue with my quest for holding them and others answerable for their actions," she said."I would like it to be known that no amount of compensation would ever make up for the pain or sacrifices I made to hold Police Scotland to account but it will enable me to continue with my quest for holding them and others answerable for their actions," she said.
Rhona Malone was a police firearms officerRhona Malone was a police firearms officer
Chief Constable Iain Livingston has personally apologised to Ms Malone for issues highlighted in the tribunal, according to a joint statement issued by Police Scotland and their former employee on Friday.Chief Constable Iain Livingston has personally apologised to Ms Malone for issues highlighted in the tribunal, according to a joint statement issued by Police Scotland and their former employee on Friday.
It said the chief constable was committed to "leading change" in policing in Scotland to improve the experiences of women.It said the chief constable was committed to "leading change" in policing in Scotland to improve the experiences of women.
Meanwhile the Police Service of Northern Ireland is carrying out a review of the employment tribunal decision, and it is in its final stages. Meanwhile the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is carrying out a review of the employment tribunal decision, and it is in its final stages.
The Scottish Police Federation has previously said it had "countless examples over many years" of helping members in cases of discrimination. A spokesperson for the Scottish Police Authority said: "The chief constable has been clear that there is no place for victimisation or misogyny in policing and reinforced his commitment to driving improvement which the authority fully supports.
BBC Scotland has approached the federation and the Scottish Police Authority for their response to Ms Malone's statement. "We will continue to oversee and seek assurance around the progress and pace of change within policing and consider any recommendations from the PSNI review in due course."
The Scottish Police Federation has previously said it had "countless examples over many years" of helping members in cases of discrimination. I
BBC Scotland has approached the federation for their response to Ms Malone's statement.