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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 clearly sets out the future focus for policing in Scotland, particularly as it enters into the next phase of reform. It presents a clear strategic direction in relation to what must be done to achieve the six strategic objectives. This supports the establishment of an overall framework which promotes consistency across Scotland while giving the scope to progress priorities which are relevant at a local level. The document clearly demonstrates the necessity to ensure the needs of communities are understood, and reflected in the planning and delivery of a policing service that is able to take advantage of new opportunities to meet emerging threats and 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?
We value the vision of ‘sustained excellence in service and protection’, clearly summarised in the five areas of focus, along with the purpose and values for the future direction of policing in Scotland. However, in order that there is transparency and coherence, it will be particularly important that they are incorporated and reflected in local policing plans. Moreover, we are clear that the fundamental success of the national strategy will be determined by delivery and implementation at a local level. We see the further development of the well established and effective partnership arrangements which are in place within South Lanarkshire as fundamental to securing continued improvement of service. Key elements of this will be proactive policing and effective engagement on a local level with communities and partners. It is reassuring to see the emphasis on maintaining public confidence and inspiring trust by being transparent, accountable as being at the centre of policing policy in Scotland.

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 document clearly articulates the need to deliver an excellent and responsive service for local people, underpinned by community engagement. The clear emphasis on strengthening partnerships, particularly in the context of the Christie Commission and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 is welcomed. This demonstrates clearly from Police Scotland on the purpose of community planning partnerships, as being partners to ensure that we continue to meet the public’s growing complex and diverse needs. Here in South Lanarkshire we understand that the needs of individual communities do not fit neatly within one agency’s responsibility and partnership working offers the potential to achieve shared outcomes and deliver more sustainable solutions that single agencies cannot deliver alone. In addition, the strategy clearly recognises the increase in cyber crime and the changes required through investment in information and technology and training for staff to tackle this often hidden crime. A large percentage of crime today occurs online which presents significant challenges for policing services in meeting their objectives of prevention and protection. Policing in Scotland has significant experience in crime prevention in relation to physical crimes; however, the rise in online crime presents specific challenges which will in turn present particular challenges in delivering against the five areas of focus set out within the strategy.

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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Communication lies at the heart of the relationship between police and public and the strategy clearly recognises this in how it will respond to the diverse needs of individuals and communities. The reliance of the police on the public for information, assistance and, in general cooperation, means that effective and meaningful communication, across the whole range of policing activities is vital if policing performance is to be successful. The development of a performance framework to ensure progress against the strategic priorities is welcomed. It will however be important to ensure that as the framework develops over time that both Police Scotland and the SPA continues to ensure that coherence is maintained.

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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We would welcome any views you have.
Communication lies at the heart of the relationship between police and public and the strategy clearly recognises this in how it will respond to the diverse needs of individuals and communities. The reliance of the police on the public for information, assistance and, in general cooperation, means that effective and meaningful communication, across the whole range of policing activities is vital if policing performance is to be successful. The development of a performance framework to ensure progress against the strategic priorities is welcomed. It will however be important to ensure that as the framework develops over time that both Police Scotland and the SPA continues to ensure that coherence is maintained.

Clear & Understandable

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

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The strategy is set out in a way which clearly communicates the objectives and the delivery of Policing in Scotland for the next ten years. It is plainly written to allow the information set out within the document to be easily understood.

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.
The clarity throughout the document, particularly the focus on prevention and partnership working, should ensure continuous improvement and achievement against the strategic objectives set out within the document.

About you

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

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South Lanarkshire Council