Response 869668340

Back to Response listing

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?

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No
Not sure
We would welcome any view you have.
Police Scotland are correct to emphasis the rising issue of cyber crime and the continuing issue of domestic and sexual crime. The public think terrorism is the biggest threat (as shown in the "Your view counts" survey) only because of media scare stories.

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?

Please select one item
Strongly agree
Mostly agree
Not sure
Ticked Mostly disagree
Strongly disagree
Please tell us why you think these are the right or wrong areas of focus?
It fails to identify that the focus of investigating crime has changed. The police should investigate all reasonable lines of enquiry, including exculpatory evidence, as required under the S164 CJ&L(S)A2010 Code of Practice Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Proceedings. Instead the existing culture is still about only gathering sufficient evidence that appears to be enough to corroborate charging a suspect. That culture is best evidenced by the drive to meet targets whereby people were charged with domestic crimes without a proper investigation. There should be a stated aim in the strategy that the police has to gather all evidence, including exculpatory evidence so as to reduce the chances of miscarriages of justice and ensure the right to presumption of innocence.

Methods

3. Do you agree the methods proposed within this strategy are the right ones to deliver an improved policing service?

Please select one item
Strongly agree
Ticked Mostly agree
Not sure
Mostly disagree
Strongly disagree
Please tell us why you think this is the right or wrong approach?
Not enough has been shown in the strategy as to how improvements will be made in the police's ability to investigate crime effectively and thoroughly to ensure the correct person is identified as an offender and indeed a crime has been committed. Preventing miscarriages of justice is not referenced in the strategy at all.

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?

Please select one item
Strongly agree
Mostly agree
Not sure
Mostly disagree
Ticked Strongly disagree
We would welcome any views you have
Quality indicators, whereby what is the expected standard and what is the actual standard, should be used to measure performance. QIs can measure the level of success in all sorts of areas which the public know little about and so how confident they are is not a true indication of success.

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?

Please select one item
Ticked Strongly agree
Mostly agree
Not sure
Mostly disagree
Strongly disagree
We would welcome any views you have.
Too many police officers either do work that is way below their training, such as processing forms in a CMU, or way above their ability, such as not very intelligence detectives dealing with major cyber crime. Management also needs overhauling so that weak performers and bullies are identified and removed. Unless appropriate people (not just police officers) are put into appropriate posts, Police Scotland will always struggle to deliver effective performance. For example computing graduates are need to fight cyber crime and the SPA's forensic services need to include a computing service.

Clear & Understandable

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

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No

Other views

7. We would welcome any additional views you have on our strategy and how it will affect you, or any other person.

We would welcome any views you have.
Considering how badly Police Scotland did in its staff survey in 2015, there is only a bland statement about valuing wellbeing and nothing on welfare. That shows Police Scotland has learned nothing form the results.

About you

8. What is your name?

Name
Ian Clarke

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

Please select one item
(Required)
Ticked I am answering as an individual
I am answering on behalf of an organisation