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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.
Community Safety Glasgow (CSG) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Police Scotland’s 2026 Strategy. CSG is a charitable organisation formed by Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Police Authority to prevent crime, tackle antisocial behaviour and promote community safety in the city. In addition, TARA our anti human trafficking service operates across Scotland, while our domestic abuse service ASSIST works across the West of Scotland. The holistic approach of the strategy provides an integrated vision, a comprehensive overview of the areas that are likely to impact on policing over the next 10 years and identifies the main risks, challenges, opportunities and demands. However, as noted within the strategy, over the last decade society has changed, as has policing and it is recognised that this pace of change will continue. Therefore, the 10 year duration is reasonable for long-term strategic planning purposes, with the provision that it is regularly reviewed and revised as conditions require. We welcome the recognition of the need to focus on the most vulnerable within our society and in particular focus on the threat, risk and harm posed to individuals and communities.

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 five main areas for focus are appropriate and we are also committed to ensuring a focus on improving experiences for communities and basing action on the evidence of need. We fully support prevention as a key principle: this requires a commitment in resources for community policing and interaction with local schools, community groups and partner organisations. A shift towards prevention is a key element of public sector reform and is the area of focus where the priorities of policing and the wider public sector are most likely to gain from synergy and mutual support. The new Innovation focus is welcome and will provide capacity to find new solutions to emerging issues which are likely to affect CSG as service providers as much as the police. Prevention is also important in some areas of policing, such as Violence Against Women and Girls, where a nationally consistent approach is required both strategically and operationally and we hope that will continue. The commitment to demonstrating leadership in public service improvement is welcome and we look forward to collaborating with you to deliver 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?
The methods proposed are worthy ones, and should be effective provided they are interpreted and implemented in strong ethos of partnership as asserted throughout the strategy. As acknowledged throughout the strategy, it is vital that Police Scotland interact in a positive manner at all times with local communities and the people they represent. Proactive local communities can contribute to Police Scotland's work with a positive outcome for both. We particularly welcome the focus on using technology to improve outcomes. Using analytics and intelligence is already a priority for CSG and includes for example, the use of geo-fencing to protect vulnerable people and facial recognition cameras, which are already in operation in some areas of Glasgow city centre.

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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We welcome the emphasis on public contact, engagement and consultation about policing highlighted throughout the strategy. We fully support the efforts to transform communication in responding to the individual needs of victims and vulnerable people. As an organisation that has pioneered the use of technology to improve services for vulnerable people, we firmly believe that considerable savings can be made by investing in this approach.

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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Yes, this applies to any organisation seeking to remain relevant in the 21st century. In a climate of ever-closer partnership and joint working, the boundaries of public sector services are starting to merge and there is scope for shared training, skills development and operational services. CSG has a long history in facilitating the development and implementation of closer working relationships between public sector services, and believe there is scope for further development. Some examples of integrated working in the 2026 vision are already a reality for CSG and we look forward to engaging with Police Scotland colleagues to explore the theme further in the context of this strategy.

Clear & Understandable

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

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The strategy is laid out in a clear and logical manner. The Executive summary and graphics are very clear.

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 welcome the continued focus on partnership working and the explicit commitment to sharing information and to community policing, with a clear presence and proactive engagement with the public. However, to fully implement the vision will require all other public services adopting an equally flexible approach. CSG’s partnership with Police Scotland is a good example of how integrated partnership working works to the benefit of both organisations and we look forward to the continuation and development of our partnership.

About you

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

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Community Safety Glasgow