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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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The changing demographics which is likely to see a larger group of older retired or semi retired population and the increasing life expectancy will make the age gap between front line police officers and the public they serve larger than it has ever been. There appears to be a move towards removing incentives for police officers in the lower ranks to remain in the service driving the age profile of those officers down

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?
The focus on communities should concentrate on place and allowing the definition of a community to include identity and virtual connection risks allowing communities to fragment into enclaves within an area. By all means identify individual diversity and respond sympathetically to individuals but the overall objective must remain community cohesion with no prioritisation of the needs of one group at the expense of others.

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?
If you are really able to transform corporate support services in a meaningful way it will be a first but full marks for realising that this is the first part of the structure that should be cut to the bone.

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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Very worthwhile rather than bean counting. The model that currently exists gives far too much emphases to things that can be measured such as numbers of crimes reported and detected or the number of traffic offences each officers deals with. Public confidence is much harder to measure and much easier to spin to give the result wanted. Most public expect crimes to happen and feel able to take personal responsibility to reduce their likelihood of being a victim. They feel powerless to deal with general anti social behaviour dragging down their neighbourhoods and increasingly don't report this to police, choosing instead to simply discuss it with neighbour's they think will be sympathetic which serves to further undermine confidence. As well as looking out for individual rights police need to be empowered to push responsibility.

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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It depends how you define the right skills. I feel not enough weight is given to life skills and too much emphases is given to academic qualifications. The best police force reflects the communities they serve . Only 25% of Scottish public have university degrees. Why then is there a push to have all police officers educated to that level? Many individuals with manual skills or experience of life will be discouraged from embarking on a police career because they are not academic. Police officers from these backgrounds have historically been some of the best beat officers at maintaining public satisfaction.

Clear & Understandable

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

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Not so sure it would be as clear to those with no police experience.

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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As with all these things it all depends on the delivery. The implementation of the single police force for Scotland did not get off to a great start with the domination of Strathclyde style one size fits all policing. Since contact through local control rooms disappeared for understandable reasons my own willingness to contact police unless it is something that effects me directly is reduced.

About you

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