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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.
The Strategy provides a comprehensive overview of the areas that are likely to impact on policing over the next 10 years.

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?
The five main areas for focus are appropriate. Here in Dumfries and Galloway, we are committed to ensuring a focus on improving experiences for communities and basing action on evidenced need. We fully support prevention as a key principle, this requires a commitment in resources for community policing and interactions with partner organisations, groups and schools.

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?
The coterminous structure of public, voluntary and independent services in our region serves the Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Partnership well in its work to develop effective partnerships. The good practice in terms of strong and effective partnership working this region should be harnessed by Police Scotland in informing its Strategy and future service delivery. The roles and responsibilities of individual partners in the delivery of the Strategy must be clear. The draft Strategy for example, outlines the development of civic hubs: these will require to be jointly developed and jointly resourced. The Strategic Partnership is working to improve mobile and internet coverage across the whole of our region; this is very challenging. It is therefore important that as Police Scotland moves towards a more agile workforce and working arrangements, the technology is accessible to, and able to be used by, communities across Scotland. Community planning partner organisations are continuously working to improve public contact and engagement. There are opportunities to develop this jointly with Police Scotland. Early and honest discussion across partners will be critical in going forward.

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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Public confidence in police services is paramount; in terms of future policing arrangements one size does not fit all for Scotland. We have seen local people’s confidence affected across Dumfries and Galloway due to the transfer of the Police control room and the difficulties experienced with the 101 service here. Police Scotland must be able to identify and understand the differences in the impact of crime for small, often rural communities, compared to those of large metropolitan areas.

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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This approach is supported and is relevant across all sectors. In previous responses to police consultations, we have clearly evidenced the need for the police workforce to be located in local communities and to be accessible to the public. The skills required for successful community policing necessitate direct and honest involvement and engagement with communities and community-based activity. It is recognised within the Strategy that the millenials (Genration Y) may favour a career that can change. However, to build effective relationships and partnerships at local level there is a need for consistency, continuity and clarity within Police staffing structures. During the reform of policing in Scotland and the creation of Police Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway experienced a number of changes in both leadership and operational roles throughout V division. This has proved challenging both in terms of building and developing relationships and long term planning and agreements.

Clear & Understandable

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

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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 believe that community policing, with a clear presence and proactive engagement with the public, is vital to improving the confidence with the public and partner organisations. Dumfries and Galloway has been impacted by the centralisation of services, in terms of both specialist and corporate posts. Local circumstances, needs and aspirations must be considered when developing future models for delivering a police service for 2026. It is important to restate that the co-terminosity enjoyed by the Local Authority, NHS and Fire Service helps ensure the robust partnership working that is necessary to fully progress the prevention agenda successfully. We believe it is important to maintain the co-terminosity of organisations, and these should be aligned with equivalent leadership, enabling discussions and decision-making to be achieved without the necessity of approvals from leadership out with the region.

About you

8. What is your name?

Name
Andrew Reed

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

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Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Partnership (Community Planning Partnership)