Joint Strategy for Policing 2023-2026

Closed 23 Apr 2023

Opened 13 Mar 2023


In 2020, the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland agreed and published our Joint Strategy for Policing (2020), Policing for a Safe Protected and Resilient Scotland. This strategy describes our ambitions for the future of policing in Scotland framed around five strategic outcomes.

Good progress has been made in developing our service since that point and the time is right to review our strategy. The Vision for Justice was published in 2022, and Scottish Government has recently reviewed and confirmed their Strategic Police Priorities for the next three years.

We have reviewed progress, considered public and colleague insights, and undertaken a strategic assessment. We have reflected on what has changed since 2020, and what we anticipate changing in the years to come and how this impacts on the future of policing.

As a result of this work, supported by the Scottish Police Authority Board and Police Scotland’s Executive, we have updated the Joint Strategy for 2023 to reflect our progress to date and adjust some areas of emphasis within our strategic outcomes. These outcomes remain fully aligned to the Strategic Police Priorities.

We are now keen to engage with our partners, stakeholders and members of the public to gain feedback on the draft document before we finalise it later this Spring.

To provide your views, please visit the Scottish Police Authority's Engagement Hub using the link at the bottom of this page.

If you would prefer to complete the survey using an alternative format e.g. via telephone or in paper form, please email


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