Response 1054374413

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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.
In part. There are encouraging health themes in the anticipated policing demand section, addressing vulnerability and complexity in both custody and investigation. Substance use is acknowledged but not highlighted as a factor – this can also be a proxy measure for distress, vulnerability and trauma, so merits higher profile . Migrant and black and minority ethnic communities again are acknowledged but given limited profile and could be more prominent as policing, hate crime and public protection demand is likely to increase. It’s difficult to qualify an overall response to this question, as the domains above are unpredictable but the joint prevention ambitions of tackling inequality as well as crime are welcome. The determinants of how inequality manifests, however, are so upstream and socially determined as to be potentially questionable in how policing can mitigate, yet alone prevent crime as a consequence of this power distribution.

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?
There is a stated ambition of a preventative approach, which is welcome and will be more likely to reduce inequalities . This is also being proposed in collaboration with both communities and partner agencies. Several key health issues and social determinants are mentioned as being highly relevant to crime prevention. We would also suggest these are crucial to the wellbeing of individuals in police custody, therefore health and social care integration is highly relevant here. More explicit mention of which key partners, whether statutory of voluntary and what measures will be in place to assure of impact on individuals, victims and communities would be welcome. There are specific populations ; victims of sexual assault , people with mental health issues , and people with substance use issues where specific protocols and approaches exist and could be explicitly mentioned as having strategic relevance and priority. These will demonstrate a tangible commitment to reducing inequality as stated and assure of their right to health and also contribute to reducing the risk of or managing people’s experience of homelessness. In our previous response in 2016, we emphasised that the Health Inequalities Impact Assessment (HIIA) toolkit is a useful lever to inform this intelligence, we would also emphasise that a human rights based approach will also strengthen delivery of these ambitions and capture the complex needs of many of these individuals. Police custody provides increased opportunity to mitigate against negative impact on the rights of people affected by crime and those in contact with justice services, which is also welcome and HIIA can support or evidence Police Scotland’s impact. The national standards for substance use and mental health and the outcomes which will measure impact are highly pertinent and could be explicitly included as a further sign of accountability and motivation for improvement . We previously welcomed an inequalities focus and you have explicit mention of this in the strategy. The opportunity for earlier opportunities to prevent trauma in child health and wellbeing would again be welcome (as recommended in our 2016 submission) as this can later manifest in issues of substance use, poor mental health and wellbeing and further complicate the impact of gender based violence on adults. In this sense, preventing childhood adversity and trauma is a fundamental opportunity to reduce these adult risks and should be explicit .

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?
Yes in part. Public involvement (beyond only offering engagement), would be valuable to both build confidence in the effectiveness of policing and inform or refine actions which the service will need to take to deliver its ambitions. A human right based approach , modelling effective legality in your public sector duty to human rights, authentic community participation, practicing non-discrimination, building empowerment and ensuring effective accountability will demonstrate your improvement and partnership ambitions and could be an explicit commitment in 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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This will require a critical view on how public confidence is measured, both in methods and in consultation/involvement. Representativeness in consultation processes is often weak, particularly for minorities and people who are subject to human rights abuses; refugees and asylum seekers, people already in contact with justice services, black and minority ethnic people, LGBTI people and those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, plus these are often twinned with substance use and recovery issues. Again, an authentic human rights based approach to implementing your strategy, moving beyond surveys to effective public involvement with communities will assure to a degree on the quality and value of your impact measures.

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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The commitment to increased diversity in the policing workforce is welcome to ensure representativeness and the case study illustrator is informative and helpful. There would often however appear to be a strong reliance on both technological solutions and technical competency which, while essential in tackling virtual crime and assuring responsive and precise responses, could potentially overlook the values base and attitudinal competency required to police communities, tackle discrimination and reduce inequalities. As outlined in the complex needs of people entering police custody, emphasis of the collaboration, data sharing and common skills required for partnership working and effective management of distress in vulnerable individuals would be welcome as explicit aspects of a workforce strategy. Human rights, trauma awareness and pathways for healthcare would appear to be core skills in meeting the policing demands you acknowledge earlier in the strategy and should be explicit. There has previously been a commitment by the agency to effective leadership and building of adaptive responses to complex issues which would again be welcome to balance with an apparent reliance on technology.

Clear & Understandable

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

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The use of infographics, visual design and layout are welcome and the use of a case study brings the intentions to life.

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 have responded to this as a partner agency with a primary interest in reducing inequality and the impact of crime on communities. Consultation is very welcome and demonstrates increasing opportunity to engage via collaboration and in support of the integration of public services. Policing and custody will remain a critical area for us to consider in mitigating the impact of inequality in Scotland. We would welcome more opportunity to also focus on primary prevention together, especially in relation to homelessness, refugees, people who offend and especially the direct and indirect adverse impact their families, children and young people .

About you

8. What is your name?

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Elspeth Molony

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

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NHS Health Scoland