So as it stands House is his own Boss?The waters are muddied by the principle that 'operational' decisions are reserved to the Chief Constable. The overt arming of officers, for example, could be construed as an operational decision, and within his right to implement, however, it was pretty naive, in my opinion, to start sending openly armed officers to routine incidents and not expect some sort of public reaction. The problem is that his management style is to offload those who he either thinks aren't up to it or who have challenged his views. That has left a command team loaded with either yes men (and women) or those too weak willed to speak up. In the past, national policing policy would be agreed by ACPO(Scotland) where each of the eight Chief Constables could offer an equal opinion and agree on national policy. Not now. What Steve says, goes. What must now happen is that he Scottish Parliament, via the justice committee, or by creation of a policing committee, be empowered to hold the Chief Constable to account on matters of policy. The problem of course, is how you square that with the operational independence of the Police.