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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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I suggest it is impossible to predict 'risks, challenges, opportunities and demands' on a police service over such a long period of time. Anyone who is or has played a part in operational policing should know that serious, sudden or slowly developing, events can impact and alter how the whole organisation works. The last four years have surely demonstrated that! It seems to be a generalised common sense document but it is impossible to say what impact it will have.

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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I cannot predict what will happen next year or the next ten years and I respectfully suggest neither can the authors of this document. Generally the proposals seem like common sense and meet current issues. I am not sure how anyone can say they 'will enhance the police service'. In any case it is the enhancement of the community that should surely be the 'focus' rather then 'enhancing the service' ? Any public service should be efficient and properly managed and this, the most vital of all public services, needs very careful organisation and management. I am afraid that to date the single Government police quango has been an example of how a public service should not be managed.

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?
Again and to repeat I cannot see how anyone can predict so far ahead that anything here proposed will improve the police service. Again it is the improvement of the community surely that is or should be the aim? Perhaps I digress but policing is surely about local needs and that is where any strategy should concentrate on. The needs of Orkney & Shetland are different than the needs of Galashiels & Melrose for example. The policing methods used everywhere should be legally and normally roughly the same but people are different, places are different, circumstances are different.

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 police are functioning on behalf of and for the people and so the public must have trust, confidence and belief in the police who serve them on a day by day basis. For that to occur the police must be visible, present regularly, available, contactable, identifiable. In the past four years confidence in the police across Scotland has diminished and one reason is the quite obvious reduction in a visible, regular presence in communities. The centralisation of police call centres has, I believe, seriously diminished confidence in the police. Not only because of the well known major mistakes but simply because of the remoteness, the facelessness, of the response.

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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Over the past 50 years the gradual civilianisation of many policing function has happened to the overall benefit of the service. This should be today an ongoing process and the disgraceful loss of two thousand and more highly skilled and necessary civilian support staff in the past four years was, quite bluntly, an act of gross mismanagement. Trained police officers should not be carrying out desk/support/call centre/office tasks, in this day and age, which could be performed by a non-police person. Civilianisation of senior police management should also have gone much further by now. Government strategies and decisions on these matters should influence and lead such changes. The police rank structure for example is long, long overdue for drastic reform. Past opportunities to do so were neglectfully overturned.

Clear & Understandable

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

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The document is to repetitive and again, to reliant on prediction over a long period of time. A country's policing strategy is, in my view, the responsibility of Government who create the laws and maintain the police and other justice services . The Government should lay down on behalf of the people what is basically required and then the police should provide localised annual policing plans/strategies to address the varied community issues across Scotland. I do not believe that this generalised national police strategy has much relevance to me or to anyone else in my community. It's the 'glossy brochure' approach which may look good and promise much but I suggest will not achieve very much at the end of the day (or decade)

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 is, in my opinion, with due respect, the wrong approach. Some might say 'he would say that' given I have been a vociferous critic of the single police quango since its inception. 'A strategy' if needed should have been written on behalf of the Government and published under the names of Government Ministers. Even more so because this is a Government quango and of that there can be no doubt. I am affected by the Strategy in that it is, with respect, a waste of valuable time and money, tax payer's money, which could and should have been spent on something else more worthwhile. I do not believe many people will bother to read it or be directly or indirectly affected by its content. The police are important to people, on a local basis.

About you

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