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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.
GPA Scotland would agree with the general statement. Localism, Diversity and Collaborative working are very positive initiatives to build confidence and trust in some vulnerable and often marginalised sections of society. It is important to acknowledge, going forward, that despite progress in areas such as LGBT rights, and social attitudes, this years Hate Crime survey conducted by the Equality Network (to be published at the end of June 2017) shows 70% of the LGBT population surveyed who have been a victim of a hate incident/crime still do not report these to the police or a third party organisation. GPA Scotland would like to see: 1. Reliable/Qualitative data published by Police Scotland in relation to Hate Crime/Incidents 2. Greater collaborative working with national LGBT advocacy groups and GPA Scotland to actively encourage the reporting of LGBT related hate crimes/incidents 3. Easier access to and more options made available for reporting e.g. with technology, text messaging, online surgeries. 4. Focus groups held in various parts of the country to identify local issues and ways and means of enhancing greater engagement particularly in areas where people feel more excluded and marginalised. 5. Take steps to increase the visibility of LGBT staff within Police Scotland recognising that the majority of minority groups are not visible by virtue of any physical appearance.

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?
Yes, although knowledge also requires ongoing training including refresher training. The last nationally delivered diversity training was NEOTS in 2003. GPA Scotland recognises the difficulties and cost involved in rolling out this kind of training however believes where there is a will there is a way. Virtual Reality technology is already with us and will become far more advanced and accessible at low cost in the future. We think VR will become an invaluable training tool which can be used anywhere and at any time and worthy of consideration.

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?
GPA Scotland recognise the importance of empowering, enabling and developing police officers and staff however would like to see method include greater emphasis on diversity and the representation within Police Scotland. This will build on the inclusiveness of the organisation, foster cultural change and improve public confidence. GPA Scotland recognise that policing is a disciplined and hierarchical organisation and rightly so. Empowering staff within that framework has its challenges. The Staff Survey has made that point. Also respect, a core value within Police Scotland, goes both ways. Diversity Staff Associations are only one conduit for raising issues within Police Scotland however an important one. Diversity Staff Associations must feel confident in their ability to be open, honest and transparent.

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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GPA Scotland entirely agree with this statement however we know from evidence and information from partner stakeholders that avoidable mistakes are still being made. The ACPOS Diversity Business Area had Reference Groups made up of police and key stakeholders for the various protected characteristics and more beside. Following the formation of Police Scotland, that infrastructure was abolished although the LGBT Reference Group was eventually re-established thanks to the GPA. The Reference Group currently sits within Safer Communities as it has mainly a service delivery function. However unlike within the ACPOS framework , the new group doesn't have any direct strategic role or relationship with Senior Management. GPA Scotland believes that the ACPOS Reference Groups were an important link between the police service and the various diverse communities across Scotland. Each Reference Group had a senior lead (ACC/DCC) who in turn formed the ACPOS Diversity Business Area chaired by a Chief Constable. The current Police Scotland LGBT Reference Group has a Police Scotland constable representing the Force on LGBT issues (not an ACC/DCC). GPA Scotland would recommend Police Scotland examine the role played by the various ACPOS Reference Groups, how they delivered upon the Diversity agenda within ACPOS and legacy Forces and consider, for the potential benefit of improving public confidence, how that may be adapted within Police Scotland. It also covers the 2026 mission for greater community and stakeholder engagement.

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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We would welcome any views you have.
Yes however GPA Scotland would place greater emphasis on policing by consent and the reflective nature of policing of the community that is representative of the community.

Clear & Understandable

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

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We would welcome any views you have.
Yes however with a caveat in that there is a considerable amount of 'management speak'. That is certainly the feedback that GPA Scotland has had from a number of our members.

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.
GPA Scotland are very positive about the 2016 Strategy. We would like to feedback our appreciation of having been invited to engage in the early consultation period during the development stages. Naturally the focus of GPA Scotland and indeed the various other Diversity Staff Associations, is focussed on diversity, equality and inclusion. We acknowledge where this has been addressed within the strategy however feel there could be more specific mention. There is no mention of the various protected characteristics. The important role of Equality Outcomes and the statutory duties we have as a public sector employer. Also, given the significant positive contribution that has been made by the Diversity Staff Associations over many years and of course the statutory staff associations and trade unions, a strategy that is forward thinking and looking at the potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, it would be encouraging to know that these organisations are factored in because they all have a significant role to play in ensuring that the 2026 Strategy can be fully realised and that it has the backing of the staff who ultimately will be delivering on the strategy. It is about recognising the role of staff associations, trade unions and all of the staff they represent. That is also something the public really appreciate.

About you

8. What is your name?

Name
Alan Sneddon

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

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Organisation Name
Gay Police Association (GPA) Scotland