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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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Protection should include maintaining the rights of all citizens whether it be their right to speak freely, not to abuse the power of a police officer, etc.

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?
Innovation - this should include the use of collaborative research with other forces across the UK and, the world. Methods of policing should be researched and, the literature on policing should be scrutinised - perhaps in partnerships with Universities. A panel should exist to review the evidence-base and, decide whether or not to enact it.

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?
Empowerment should be emphasised. This should include moving from a leader-follower model of hierarchy to a 'leader-leader' model. In plain language, this means pushing power and responsibility as low on the organisational hierarchy as possible. This allows leaders at every level to re-focus their efforts on more meaningful tasks while trusting those below them to figure out how to get their job done.

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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Of all four emergency services, it is unfortunate that the police has the worst reputation (despite those who praise their work). This image needs to change in order to improve public confidence. Keeping the public well informed should be continued. Media officers should also attempt to show the humanitarian aspect of the police role -as they do in the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. The way in which confidence is measured should be investigated. Studies have shown this to be a particularly difficult variable to measure. An ethos which is similar to "you said, we did, we listened" should be considered and communicated to the public. A review of studies show that some community engagement is key to improving public confidence in the police (e.g. embedding neighbourhood policing; high-quality community engagement; and using local-level communications/newsletters).

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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A focus should be made to improve 'customer service' skills of officers, this will, in turn, assist with improving the public's perception of the police as a whole.

Clear & Understandable

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

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About you

8. What is your name?

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Stuart

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

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