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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 does identify the main challenges currently emerging in terms of policing and the changing nature of society in Scotland. However, some of the emerging threats have come to the fore relatively recently therefore it is important to acknowledge that whilst it is a strategy for the next 10 years, it must be responsive enough to reflect new challenges which emerge.

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 areas of focus as outlined in the strategy do reflect the key areas and challenges for policing but also for the wider public sector. Prevention is critical to how the police and the wider public sector support vulnerable groups within our communities and also reflects how we need to work in partnership. Prevention is a key focus for our Community Planning Partnership. Involving and engaging our communities is also central to how all public sector organisations move forward. Although Police Scotland is a national organisation, it is important that it is responsive locally and that the strategy and approach enables local Commanders to make local decisions.

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 different methods proposed reflect the different channels required for delivering a policing service going forward. Given the changes in demand and the way people engage, it is very important that different channels to engage the public are used however this does not detract from the need for the police to remain visible within our communities. It is recognised that there is a balance to be struck regarding prioritisation, however the organisation must not lose sight of the importance of remaining visible and the confidence this in turn instils within the public. In strengthening partnerships, the strategy could perhaps reflect more about the importance and necessity of the public sector working together on joint projects and initiatives. Only through this approach will we make significant differences to communities and this has strong links to the prevention agenda.

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 will be a key measure of success in terms of performance. Engagement with the public, and demonstrating listening from this, will therefore be critical. This is important not just at a local level but when the organisation is engaging or consulting nationally. The public need to be better informed about the challenges facing policing and the competing demands in order to manage expectations. The communication of the strategy and approach will therefore be critical but this message needs to be reflected not just at a national level but throughout all levels of the organisation.

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 staffing elements of the strategy are particularly important. Challenges undoubtedly remain from the initial formation of Police Scotland and this strategy and new approach provides an opportunity to listen to staff in order to move forward.

Clear & Understandable

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

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The approach and message is clear and the one page graphic which captures all elements of the strategy is a helpful way to capture the core intention.

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 continue to welcome further discussion and engagement with the Scottish Policing Authority and Police Scotland on policing matters.

About you

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

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The Highland Council