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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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Not sure that it has identified the extent of financial investment likely required to deliver on the ICT changes. For example Body Worn Cameras will result in masses of data being required to be stored and ultimately to be exchanged with Criminal Justice partners - the infrastructure to deliver just this will massively expensive notwithstanding the other ambitious aspirations documented. I don't believe the risks resulting from Brexit have been fully captured.

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?
There has to be a more collaborative and joined-up approach to policing and criminal justice. Too often there is a seemingly endless cycle of repeat offending without actually addressing the underlying cause(s). I welcome the sentiment of working in a much more collaborative way with Criminal Justice partners in an effort to prevent crime in the first place.

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?
I think the public would be horrified if they realised how many Police Officers were employed within Corporate Service functions. Police Officers should be out on the streets keeping us safe and leave Corporate Service functions to staff better placed to do those jobs. There has to be a significant investment in new / emerging technologies and the infrastructure on which to run those technologies. The world has moved on significantly with regard to technology unfortunately Policing has lagged behind. The empowerment and development of Police Staff is key but that will mean a significant cultural change for Police Officers who up to this point have often drawn on hierarchical rank to dictate solutions that may not necessarily be for the best business reasons. There needs to be more cognisance of end-2-end process and how ICT solutions interact and interface both internally (within Police) and externally (with 3rd Party Criminal Justice Partners).

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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Policing is by consent and is a public service. Public confidence will absolutely be a key measure of success. It is inevitable that public perception will be strongly influenced by their experiences in interacting with the Police and whether or not the perpetrators of the crime against them have been apprehended. Public confidence in conjunction with falling crime rates and increased detections will be key. (Increased public confidence may result in more crime being reported - which is clearly a good thing if the public believe that they are being taken seriously and that there is a point to reporting the crime in the first place).

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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Most definitely. It must be recognised that staff must be afforded appropriate training and support and remuneration that is competitive with the wider market place. Many of the skills that will be required will be highly specialist - to recruit and more importantly retain those key specialisms will be challenging especially when competing against the wider job-market. Culturally the organisation has often struggled leveraging the best from domain experts as the hierarchical rank based culture comes to the fore. More collaboration (internally and externally) will be key - staff need to believe that they have a voice and that they are listened to. The 2015 staff survey highlights the massive job that lies ahead for leaders to engage and encourage disillusioned staff and provide them empowerment.

Clear & Understandable

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

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I would say for the most part it is - however it is clearly very generic and aspirational. The side-by-side notations of how things work in 2016 and how they might work in 2026 is a neat touch and is engaging.

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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For me the key message is investing in ICT and recognising that (ICT) as the 'enabler' that it is. I welcome the fact that all staff will be more empowered and have better technology available to them. However, to achieve this will require significant financial investment and a significant cultural shift (especially from Police Officers). The citizens of Scotland deserve a world-class Police service which enables them to go about their daily business in a safe manner and be free from the fear of crime. The chronic lack of investment up to this point and the (current) significant financial challenges are of real concern - my fear is that the necessary investment will not be forthcoming which will only result in further missed opportunities. Integration and interfacing with fellow Criminal Justice partners will be key for all concerned to truly realise efficiencies - the Police need to reform but so do their partners.

About you

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