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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 correctly identify the risks, challenges, opportunities and demands identified at present. The strategy also notes the pace of change in society and the changing nature of challenges and emerging opportunities and risks. The vision, values, purpose, focus and strategic objectives set out in the Strategy are welcomed. The inclusion of continuous improvement, public consent, legitimacy and financial sustainability is similarly to be welcomed. It will be important to ensure on-going engagement in the supporting three year and annual plans which are framed by the 10 year strategy to developed shared approaches and solutions over the long-term planning timeframe.

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 presentation of the priority areas is engaging and is easily understood. Protection features strongly, with the highlighting of prevention welcomed in the Strategy. The prevention agenda is clearly a critical aspect of reform across the public sector and the focus given to this in the Strategy is, again, to be welcomed. The prominence of violence against women, vulnerable children and adults, and the impact of alcohol on communities in the document are welcome from a health and wellbeing perspective and is strongly linked to the changing context for policing identified in the Strategy. Similarly, the clear referencing of inequality in the Strategy is an important strength. More emphasis could perhaps be placed on engaging in partnership with other agencies to collaboratively develop preventative approaches, resilience, identify innovative solutions and tackle inequalities within communities. Police Scotland is a key partner in Community Planning and there is good practice to build on in a range of programmes and initiatives locally. Section 2.3.2 could be strengthened to reflect this.

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?
Further developing coordinated engagement with partners will be key to delivering to shared outcomes. As above it will be important to ensure on-going dialogue across Community Planning Partners in taking forward the Strategy and the supporting three year and annual plans. The methods aspect of the Strategy rightly includes enhancement of cyber and forensic capabilities. This is recognised in the changing context described in the Strategy and is a shared issue across partners. There may be opportunities to be explored for partnership consideration across the areas identified in the Strategy as there appears to be much commonality in the Strategic Objectives detailed.

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 extremely important, as it can help people access the service in an appropriate way in times of need. The reputation of the service would also be enhanced, when public perception is positive.

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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Whatever your roles and responsibilities are, you need the right knowledge, skills and experience to work in an effective way and produce high standards. There may be further potential to consider workforce development across partners on shared priorities over the lifetime of the Strategy, building on good practice around protection, licensing etc.

Clear & Understandable

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

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The visualisations and graphic presentation used in the Strategy is helpful in terms of accessibility and communication. Scenarios are particularly helpful in comparing policing response today and what it is envisaged to look like in 10 years time.It is accessible, written in plain language and it clearly takes the opportunity to review priorities in the challenging financial context. Parts of Section 3.1 ‘Long Term Financial Planning Approach’ appear to be more technically phrased than other sections of the Strategy. The precise meaning of re-directing resources to the frontline could perhaps be re-framed and clarified.

Other views

7. We would welcome any additional views you have on our strategy and how it will affect you, or any other person.

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The Strategy sets out positive steps in the right direction for a future service which will operative in an efficient, effective manner. Meeting the need of a wide and varied modern society. It is noted there is no mention of Brexit and how this may impact on Scotland and any subsequent impact on police services. Consideration may be required in relation to increased hate crime for example.

About you

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

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NHS Ayrshire & Arran