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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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Very little consideration given to joined up working and sharing resources, the whole document seems to have been written as a done deal with not much consideration to what the public might want to see achieved by their local police service. As the document makes an acknowledgement regarding the last decade in which our communities have changed it does very lifttle to acknowledge the huge reduction in community policing since the single service has come into being. The 2016 model is 70/30 hands on, largely because of the single service creation where a huge amount of back room staff, support staff and middle management have been removed, meaning front line staff were draged back into the office to do there own reports. A 2010 comparison would have been better where it would have shown very little improvement to 2026, as policing has had to go backwards by a decade so that it can come forward again, that's not improvement it detrimental to community engagement. There is little or no reference to local accountability in the whole document, the way it has been written would lead a reader to think it was written by a city policing culture and has very little bearing or thought for people who live in rural areas and what do they want. Several statements tend to go against the Justice Minister Kenny Mackaskill's promise to the serving officers and communities that Police Scotland would not be "one size fits all", instead it follows the line that we know best and rural communities don't matter to the jugernaught which is Police Scotland. Our communities are seeing crime increasing by the day and the lack of local contact and community policing has put the service back decades, every day we see increased incidents of theft and vandalism as it is now widely known by the opertunity needs that they have very little chance of being caught by Police Scotland. I don't see much recognition of identifying or considering strategic opertunities like amalgamation of Police, fire and Ambulance services. There has been no acknowledgement of the public's wish to see the governance and control of the Police in Scotland being placed back in Geographical locations with the decentralisation of a single service back to separate servces, decentralising the Scottish Police is key in the minds of rural communities and no consideration to even consider or consult has been mentioned in this centralised city based policing document. The impact on policing by 2026 is likely to be a complete reversal of the centralisation, for the report not to even acknowledge it as an option shows some vanity and demonstrates a lack of local public acountability and contact the Police force in Scotland has come to. The moral of the Single Services staff is at an all time low with sickness and early retirement in epidemic proportions, this has been completely overlooked and is a fundamental flaw of the report and demonstrates a lack of knowledge about the main issue affecting policing in Scotland in 2016.

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?
What about staff moral, what about local acountability, what about re-employing the back room staff that have been removed since 2013 centralisation to allow officers back to front line duties. What about community consultation and community control of the police service, what about sharing facilities with the Fire and Ambulance services to get local police contact points back into communities. What about telling the public how many police stations have been closed and are lying derilict across Scotland. What about decentralisation of control centres so that there is real community resilience should cyber crime escalate as the world is predicting, it won't take much to crippled 3 large control centres across Scotland, where many small local control centres would be virtually impossible to attack. What about major weather events and control of resources in Islands, the report makes no mention of major disasters and there imediate control consequences, what about local control knowledge, technology is no replacement for local knowledge as has been demonstrated recently and on a daily basis by the centralisation of the fire control centres.

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?
Who wants the improvement and what is the wish of the public in different parts of Scotland, the expectations across Scotland by its diverse communities is fundamentally different. This report clearly does not understand the weaknesses of the single service in that it does not acknowledge the cultural and demographic differences in city centre policing and rural policing. The report is written as a done deal which this consultation will be seen by many as a box ticking exercise, as th report makes no mention of accepting different policing strategies and policing models in different parts of Scotland. It has one size fits all themes mentioned all through it.

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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I do agree in principal with this section however, the writer makes certain assumptions as to the public's wish and does not really allow for local interpretation and local involvement of the service they may wish to see. The public have lost confidence as have most of the police staff with the direction and centralisation Police Scotland has facilitated. Day in and day out our news papers are full of reports of crime and disorder and the fear of crime has escalated ten fold since the creation of the single service as the public do not know or see ther local police officers. The guns for routine duty was a huge factor in this and has undermined years of hard work the 8 previous forces struggled to address.

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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The organisation does need to be re shaped, this agree with, however no mention of is made in the report that this restructure should be community lead and community controled.

Clear & Understandable

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

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Yes it is but it's flawed in its disregard to local accountability and local control, the SPA seem to have no strategic role in shaping the future Service, the SPA seem to be allowing the tail to wag the dog.

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 Stratagy will affect me by being completely at odds to the policing I would like to see for the community I live in with my family. It may be exactly what the people in central Scotland want, but has anyone asked them.

About you

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