Response 106223506

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Risks

1. Does the Policing 2026 strategy identify and acknowledge the main risks, challenges, opportunities and demands likely to impact on policing over the next 10 years?

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We would welcome any view you have.
We have completely ignored the financial situation we are in. The strategy document acknowledges we will be spending more money than we receive in 2017-18 but fails to look beyond this in any detail. It is obvious to everyone that we will continue to spend more than we receive and if it was so easy to reduce costs we would have done it by now. At the same time, the IT vision will require huge amounts of investment that are simply not available. The plan also completely overlooks the fact that our partners are also in a similar position. We have allowed the NHS and social services to increase demand on the police exponentially and they will not be in a position to reverse that without similarly large increases in finance.

Focus

2. Do you agree the main areas of focus proposed within the Policing 2026 strategy are the right ones to deliver an enhanced policing service?

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Please tell us why you think these are the right or wrong areas of focus?
These are vague, woolly, management-speak terms which say nothing. Keep it simple. We are here to prevent and detect crime and maintain public order. End of.

Methods

3. Do you agree the methods proposed within this strategy are the right ones to deliver an improved policing service?

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Please tell us why you think this is the right or wrong approach?
What methods? All I have seen is vague, woolly terms that say nothing about what we are going to do. There is also no financial plan about how we are going to balance our budgets whilst investing huge amounts in technology.

Performance

4. The Policing 2026 Strategy states that public confidence will be a key measure of success and the effectiveness of Police performance. Do you agree with this approach?

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We would welcome any views you have
How do you measure it? Please tell me we will not have police officers conducting public confidence surveys. Who gets asked? Victims/Members of the Public/Criminals/Police Officers.

Workforce

5. The Policing 2026 strategy highlights that we will need to re-shape our organisation with a workforce focussed on having the right skills and capacity to meet future challenges. Do you agree with this approach?

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Ticked Strongly disagree
We would welcome any views you have.
This is a crazy question. Who is going to say no? But what does it mean? If it means "Do you agree we will have less police officers and more civilian members of staff?" then I think people may not be so likely to support it. I feel there is a con going on here with this question. It has been asked in such a way that nobody would argue against it, but conceals the true agenda of Police Scotland to reduce the number of police officers.

Clear & Understandable

6. Is the strategy presented in a clear and understandable way?

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I have never read so much management speak waffle which tries to give the appearance of saying a lot but which actually says very little.

Other views

7. We would welcome any additional views you have on our strategy and how it will affect you, or any other person.

We would welcome any views you have.
We need to make things simpler, not more complicated. Preventing/detecting crime and keeping public order did us well for 200 years. We should focus on these and look to other agencies to pick up on their responsibilities. We have become the agency of FIRST response for mental health and social work crises. We do not need a more complex service delivery model. The public do not look to the police to manage their wellbeing. We should focus on our core role. Never mind "safety" - that's what the ambulance service, fire service, coastguard, military, etc are there for.

About you

8. What is your name?

Name
Andy Fairie

10. Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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