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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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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?
They are the issues Police deal with today and will do for the next few years.

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?
Improving IT is vital to keep up with advances in technology. Empowering staff very important too - officers of all ranks need to be involved.

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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The public must trust the Police and this must start with Community Policing - more Police walking the beat to meet and speak with the public. Being approachable will be a big step forward. The Justice system must also play a part though - those convicted of crimes, particularly against a person or housebreakings must be given an appropriate sentence that reflects the crime. The Police can only do so much.

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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Absolutely agree that the Police must keep moving forward in line with future challenges and employing a diverse workforce will do this. But I must also refer back to my previous answer - the Police should not get away from their strengths, their relationships with the public by being visible on a daily basis in their communities.

Clear & Understandable

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

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Yes, however, it is quite long and I don't know how many people will have read the entire document.

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.
Terrorism is clearly a big issue today, in particularly following the recent Westminster attack. To account for this in Scotland many more, if not, all Police should be routinely armed in my opinion. 84 seconds from start to finish at Westminster according to the media - had this occurred at the Scottish Parliament how many minutes would it take for armed officers to respond and how many fatalities would there be? High double figures I fear. Our Police are brave and I have every confidence that they will make every effort to keep the public safe in those situations but how are they keeping themselves safe? Is a baton and some spray going to be enough to stop and attack? I strongly believe that arming the Police in Scotland will not adversely effect the approachability (sp?) with the public. Please note that as you will see at the end of this survey I am a serving Police officer but my views are that of a member of public.

About you

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

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