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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 proposed Strategy clearly sets out the full range of current risks, challenges, opportunities and demands likely to impact on policing over the next 10 years. As a Community Planning Partnership we note that many of the identified challenges and opportunities are shared by other partner agencies across the public sector and we particularly welcome Police Scotland’s reaffirmed commitment to partnership working and to a collaborative approach to addressing ongoing and future challenges.

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?
East Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership welcomes the main areas of focus proposed within the Policing 2026 strategy and we offer the following supplementary comments in respect of specific proposed themes, namely: Communities: The focus on localism is particularly welcome and we are encouraged by the commitment to maintain and strengthen locality policing. In addition, the statutory duty on Police Scotland to participate in Community Planning provides the framework to help achieve local outcomes but this must also help facilitate discussion with key partners about the deployment of resources to meet local needs as well as national priorities. The introduction of the Community Empowerment Act will further strengthen this commitment but we would also support any proposals to empower Local Area Commanders to make decisions that suit local circumstances, using the Local Policing Plan, informed by our local priorities as well as the national strategic direction. It is essential, therefore, that there continues to be clear alignment between Police Scotland’s strategic priorities, Local Policing Plans and Community Planning Delivery Plans. A shared approach to locality planning at partnership level will also be key to the successful implementation and delivery of our new Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) and related locality plans. Prevention: Prevention is one of the guiding principles of our Community Plan and we are, therefore, encouraged by the strong focus this has within the 2026 Strategy. We have already seen the benefits of targeted prevention activity in our communities and would commend the work of Police Scotland in developing, promoting and implementing the Prevention First model within East Ayrshire. This collaboration with partners, including the Council and supported by our CPP Board, has delivered excellent results in a short period of time and is a strong example of how shifting resources between partners to where they are most needed can help stop problems before they start. Knowledge: We also welcome the stated commitment of Police Scotland to knowledge and information sharing. As a partnership we too have identified the need for a strong evidence base to inform the future direction of partnership activity, particularly in relation to prevention, and a collective approach to future needs analysis has been identified as a key workstream within our partnership’s transformational change programme. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Police colleagues locally to develop our shared knowledge base and to use this information at both a strategic and operational level to improve outcomes for local residents. Protection: The recent terrorist attack in Manchester and the subsequent escalation of the national threat level to ‘CRITICAL’ has served to reiterate the critical role of Police Scotland in delivering the Contest Strategy which aims to reduce the risk of a terrorist threat through the 4Ps – Protect, Prepare, Pursue and Prevent. The importance of the role cannot be overstated and East Ayrshire Council, along with its other partners, stand together with Police Scotland and our communities to ensure that we take action against any criminal behaviour which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate.

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 proposed delivery methods contained within the 2026 Strategy are welcome and, in particular, we strongly support the commitment to improving public contact and engagement. We would endorse any proposals that seek to maximise all of the sources of valued local opinion in shaping and delivering policing services. Importantly, in addition to direct engagement with communities themselves, Police Scotland should utilise the existing networks provided by Local Elected Members, community organisations, the third sector and Community Planning Partnerships who all have a significant contribution to make to engagement activity.

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 Community Planning Partnership has long valued the assessment of levels of public confidence as a key measure of success and effectiveness of Police Scotland’s performance. At a local level, we have an established practice of including police satisfaction levels within our 3-yearly Residents Survey and it is reassuring to note that satisfaction levels have increased from 59% in 2005 to 75% in the last survey conducted in 2014. Our next survey is planned for later in 2017 and we hope to see continued positive levels of satisfaction with Police Scotland. We also, however, welcome the commitment within the draft strategy to retain traditional measures of crime and police activity alongside the wider public confidence measures. As a Community Planning Partnership we make great efforts to align and to streamline, wherever possible, our performance reporting requirements and this approach will continue. We look forward, therefore, to receiving details of the performance framework developed by Police Scotland to underpin the new strategy in due course and to continuing to work closely with colleagues in Police Scotland in relation to our shared partnership performance reporting at a local level.

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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Community Planning Partners are only too aware that the context within which public services will be delivered in the future is one of significant transformation and reform. This requires all public services, including Police Scotland, to be increasingly innovative in workforce planning to achieve effective future service delivery. The 2026 Strategy recognises the critical role that a motivated, skilled and capable workforce plays in every aspect of service delivery and continuous improvement. This is all the more critical as Police Scotland re-shape the organisation and we very much support the proposals to develop Police Scotland’s workforce to meet future demands and challenges.

Clear & Understandable

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

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About you

8. What is your name?

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Redacted textPolicy and Planning Team Leader

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

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East Ayrshire Council