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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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There is a pressing need to invest in the ability to deal with Cybercrime within Police Scotland.

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 Functions of the Police terms or The Police & Fire Reform Act require to be the focus. The prevention of crime and the need for effective and efficient investigation of such crimes need to be addressed. Where crime has been committed it is the responsibility of the service to have the resources on hand to investigate and bring the offenders to justice. There will always be inequalities in any community, however that is not the sole responsibility of the service to address. On occasions far too many resources have been removed from the core groups of officers and directed to address such matters thus leaving the front line officers overburdened.

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 proposed methods require the support of the SPA before they are announced as the direction Police Scotland are going in. It is no doubt a complex business of looking forward to 2026 and it is apparent that members of the SPA are expecting massive shifts to the delivery of Polcing and the proposed 400 reduction of Police posts. It has been rumoured that in order to have an improved service the 17234 officers would be reduced to 16000'with a closer look at where these officers would be deployed in order to meet demand. That is to say, does the ACC for the North really believe that the currently deployed numbers are sufficiently and gainfully employed with the recently published crime statistics ? That will no doubt cause upset for those at the centre of the so called concern about Policing would be the fist to shout at how officers cannot be taken from "their" area. Harsh and realistic decisions have to be made to deliver the much sought after improved service.

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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The means motive and opportunity for the compilation of recently completed surveys and by that I mean the last 10 years of public surveys is flawed. What is required is a survey that does not involve the police selecting those that are to be surveyed. An independent body should be carrying out these surveys. The SPA and Police Scotland have to accept the good and the bad from such independent surveys.

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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As one example. There is a clear need for support to the Executive of Police Scotland. The recruitment and selection of such support requires to be at the correct rank as the skill set is more important than the rank. Up until recently (2016) each Territorial ACC of which there are 3, had their Chief of Staff at the rank of Chief Inspector. DCC - Rose Fitzpatrick had a proposal presented in 2016 that was supported by statistic and empirical evidence that proposed the role could be completed by a Sergeant. Any re-shaping will take time and the involvement and understanding of the SPA on how this is to be achieved. Patience and good clear communication on what is to be done is required. Any form of "fudging" will cause embarrassment as FOI request will probe and probe 'til it is found. Let us learn from previous years.

Clear & Understandable

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

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It is like the recent Referendum question. change is required but the devil is always in the detail and it the detail that needs to be clear. Strategy development is always fine and dandy until someone asks a really smart question that causes that uneasy silence around the Chief Constable Conference table and then folk start looking at the floor and ceiling hoping they are not asked to clarify the direction of travel. Let's not wait for that question and publish what is to be done and when and more importantly, who has been consulted.

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 public have had a field day watching Police Scotland squirm on matters that should have been dealt with better and more effectively. It saddens most folk to see this as the vast majority of good common sense policing never sees the light of day. What is done across this country to keep people safe is outstanding and the front line officers are those that not only need the support, they need to be consistently reminded they are doing the right thing not only by their Sergeants and Inspectors but by ALL senior officers. There is a need for more publicity of the good work that is done. Divisional award ceremonies are underfunded and lack proper media coverage as the purse strings are tightened do not help. Creativity and innovation by the resident Media/ Corps Comms is needed. Make the public of Police Scotland proud of our officers by getting them into the public eye.

About you

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

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