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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'm not sure it does. The reliance upon and blind trust in advances in technology seems naive and improbable in the 10 year timescale given the failure of connectivity in current systems. There is no information about the mechanisms by which "localism" will be delivered and no consideration of equality of service provision across 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?
It is difficult to understand. The language used is not public friendly. As a non-police (but highly educated), reader of this document, I am struck by the amount of impenetrable gobbledygook contained within it. Perhaps the use of a Plain English expert would be desireable. I can only assume that it has been written by a team of people who speak the same police language and that it has never been tested or proof read by the normal people for whom it was intended.

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'm not sure they are because of the technology issues raised in question 1. I am frankly horrified to learn that you have police officers who are not currently operational. Why is the tax payer funding them ? This is a management failure. Of course, this again could be an example of police language which means nothing to the general public. As well as the naivety of the technological solutions, the Community Hub aspirations are ridiculous in a nine year plan. In the ridiculous, fanciful and worrying PC Sophie 2016 and 2026 comparison you raise a number of forecasts that demonstrate a complete absence of objective analysis and scrutiny. How would these community hubs work in remote rural areas? My community council meeting will never work this way. How will electronic communication provide equality of access to older people? How will a paramedic treat concussion in an ambulance and send the patient home? Exactly what local partnership solutions do you envisage that will solve speeding? If it is so easy to resolve in the next 10 years why haven't we done it in the last thirty? How will partnership working deliver better results in a time of public sector austerity? Facial recognition software is notoriously unreliable and even if became reliable in the next 10 years it will only be effective for identifying those who already have a criminal record . Or are you predicting that all citizens will be identifiable by facial recognition software in 10 years? I sincerely hope not. How will you safeguard all this data hurling about the ether? Are you suggesting that there will be a community warden for every police officer? This entire section is an insult to the intelligence of the public and is very ill-advised.

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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Not sure that you are going to gain public confidence with this document

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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Quite vague about how this re-shape will work. Didn't you just get rid of many civilian workers ?

Clear & Understandable

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

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This is strategy is most definitely not presented in a clear and presentable way. Many predictions are presented as fact, the language is impenetrable and the document is far too long. I think a Plain English expert could present the facts using a fifth of the words.

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 creation of Police Scotland has resulted in a lack of local accountability and a failure to provide equality of service provision across the nation despite your lip service to "localism". If you want to deliver all those speech bubble aspirations in the future, you need to address this issue. I fail to understand why reducing poverty related inequalities are the responsibility of Police Scotland. You are police, not social workers or government policy makers.

About you

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