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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 and largely reflect key elements of our local policy/strategy development. Here in Dumfries and Galloway, we are committed to ensuring a focus on improving experiences for communities and basing action on evidenced need. Police Scotland and Scottish Policy Authority need to establish a common set of rules across Scotland for policing major events and deliver a consistent service and charging policy for policing events. We fully support prevention as a key principle: this requires a commitment in resources for community policing and interaction with local schools, groups and partner organisations.

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?
It is essential that we see a significant improvement in police contact with the public and how the police engage and interact with local communities. We have previously experienced difficulties with the 101 service in Dumfries and Galloway and these difficulties are ongoing. These problems are contributing to a loss of confidence in Police Scotland across our communities. 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 urban areas. Whilst we are keen to ensure the development of effective partnerships, it should be recognised by Police Scotland and the SPA that this does not mean that responsibility rests with the Council for activities that clearly continue to be within Police Scotland’s remit. One example of Police withdrawal of roles is with parking enforcement, this is a police responsibility within Dumfries and Galloway, which has been neglected, and has subsequently impacted upon the Local Authority and many communities. For example, in Dumfries and Lockerbie the lack of parking enforcement is seen as a key issue requiring action by the Police. It is important that any future communication and IT is fit for purpose and does not have a detrimental impact on the local service moving forwards. Dumfries and Galloway Council enjoys co-terminosity with other public services namely NHS, Police and Fire, who are statutory partners . They are our key partners in respect to our Community Planning Partnership structure, and essential in terms of effective, joint decision-making. Our co-terminosity serves us well, allowing for faster decision-making and clear boundaries for responsibilities. It is therefore important that this structure remains in place, particularly given the move towards civic hubs as identified within the Strategy.

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 is paramount; however, in terms of policing arrangements one size does not fit all for Scotland. The impact of crime on local communities needs to be fully recognised and understood, with appropriate responses and services provided by the police based upon the needs of the local community. A low level crime such as a car break-in may be a regular occurrence in, for example, in central belt locations; however in smaller towns/villages because this happens less frequently it is felt is to be a much bigger issue and affects public confidence in the Police.

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 public sector and other organisations. In its previous responses to police consultations, our Council has 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 meaningful involvement and engagement with communities and community-based activity. It is recognised within the strategy that the millennials (Generation 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 required within Police staffing structures. These relationship need to be maintained with both local organisations the wider public. 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 in 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 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. The recent communication in respect of the Police Station Closures demonstrates that the local authority is seen as a fall back option and not a partner in developing new ways to deliver and improve services for communities. Local, 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 our Council, Police V Division, NHS and Fire Service helps ensure the robust partnership working that is necessary to fully progress the prevention agenda successfully.

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 Council