Your Police 2023-2024

Closed 31 Mar 2024

Opened 6 Apr 2023

Feedback updated 15 Jul 2024

We asked

In April 2023, Police Scotland continued with our local policing survey to gather views from Scotland’s diverse communities.

Your Police 2023-2024 remained open throughout the year and helped us understand people’s opinions of policing in their local area, as well as tell us about any concerns regarding their area which was affecting their safety and wellbeing.

Your feedback via the survey has helped us ensure that our policing services in your community remained relevant and accessible.

You said

In total, we received 15,281 responses over 12 months, including over 50,000 free-text responses. There were 6,500 responses received in September 2024  – highlighting the continued dedication of local policing divisions in listening to the communities they serve.

These responses are received by people choosing to take part and inviting a broad range of people from throughout Scotland and our communities have done so. We cannot strictly control sampling, as individuals could potentially complete the survey multiple times and in some cases, this can lead to findings skewed towards the views of those motivated to respond to the survey. We know through benchmarking that this is a strong and reliable approach and we want to ensure that anyone, anywhere in Scotland, can provide their feedback about policing and engage with us in a continuous conversation about policing in their local area.

Our statistical analysis shows that the sample is broadly characteristic of the population, particularly by geographic area, region and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). With the level of responses we have gathered so far, we are able to evidence statistically significant differences and similarities between groups with a very high degree of confidence that this is accurate.

The average public confidence level for the period April 2022 – March 2023 was 37%. This includes people who ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that they have confidence in local police. Confidence levels among organisations who responded to Your Police (143 organisations) averaged 40%. We know public confidence in local policing can fluctuate. Within the benchmarked YouGov monthly tracker, public confidence in Scottish policing for the same time period is 46%, higher than the rest of the UK by 6% percentage points.

We learned that things which effect public confidence include police visibility and accessibility, community engagement and the values and behaviours of our officers and staff. Public confidence exists across all of our 13 local policing divisions.

Policing in your local area

More than three quarters of the people who responded to Your Police told us that they feel safe in their local areas – an average of 79% of people said they felt safe, and this has remained high over the past year. However, we know that there are people who feel less safe for a variety of reasons and we are now working to take action based on your feedback.

  • 62% of those who took part in Your Police told us that police are friendly and approachable;
  • 29% of people said that the police listen to the concerns of local people; and,
  • 21% said the police deal with local issues.

A large number of respondents said they ‘don’t know’ when asked about these measures. We are now working within our refreshed governance structures in the Service to enhance and expand our engagement within Scotland’s diverse communities. Our Public Confidence Governance Board is chaired by Assistant Chief Constable Emma Bond.

Concern about crime

36% of people told us their concern about crime had remained the same while 24% said their concern had increased a lot, and 30% said their concern has raised a little. Only 3% said it had decreased. We know that people who were recent victims or witnesses of crime and those who live in areas most affected by poverty have more concern about crime.

Generally, concerns have included: anti-social behaviour (particularly at nights and weekends), speeding and dangerous driving (specifically in rural areas), house break-ins, drug taking and dealing and wider vulnerability concerns about relatives and neighbours.

In November 2023 we launched Our Big Youth Conversation, a campaign that enabled more young people to participate in our survey to influence how we do things. Young Scots told us what they loved and what they thought needs to change. Their ideas and opinions are helping us to deliver effective policing and inform partnership working for young people, helping us create safe and well communities for everyone.

On what matters most to the public (from open-ended responses), constant themes included: visibility (a local presence), communicating and engaging with the public, and understanding the needs of our diverse communities.

We did

Your Police continues to be the largest local policing survey of its kind in the UK. Responses have been reviewed regularly by senior police officers and have helped us act quickly in relation to emerging issues; helping shape our approaches to operational policing across Scotland.

We have compared our data with other national public surveys to ensure that Your Police continues to provide robust insights to support effective policing in communities throughout Scotland.

Five things we have done with your feedback

  • Developed new approaches to night time and city centre or town centre policing to address areas of concern where people feel less safe.
  • Continued to update our local partners on a regular basis, through local police scrutiny boards in each local authority area – using the data to design an appropriate policing response for local needs.
  • Developed new partnerships in communities across Scotland, such as Friday Night Football in Dundee city centre, and local youth work in areas where young people seek positive opportunities to take part in their community.
  • Developed and are piloting a new approach to community engagement with a learning package to support community police officers called ‘Your Police – Listening Forums’. This will be trialled in more communities in 2024-25 to address your concerns that local police are not listening and taking action on the issues that are important to you.
  • Worked with our partners to continue to embed more participatory approaches so that we can work together within and with communities to solve local issues, such as more Participatory Budgeting in Inverness.

We have also enhanced the ways that we share your feedback internally so that your local policing teams are aware of what matters to you. We have developed insight dashboards and Local Area Commanders are using them to inform what they do locally. Thank you

We are grateful to all who participated in Your Police during 2023-24. Our Research and Insight team continue to review every response in detail and provide detailed reporting to senior management and the Scottish Police Authority (the body which helps ensure an effective and high-quality service).

We are enhancing our local and national approaches to community engagement and involving more people in more decisions about their police service in new ways. More information is in our projects section.

Further information: Any clarifications or questions about this update can be made by contacting the Research and Insight team:


Understanding the views and priorities of Scotland's diverse communities is fundamental to how Police Scotland responds to the needs of the public. Our public engagement activities help us improve how we deliver our policing services in local communities, ensuring they are accessible for everyone. 

How we use your feedback

It is vital that we listen, understand, and take action using your views and experiences. Our Joint Strategy for Policing (2023) creates the space within policing to inform our services using insights we shape through what you tell us.

Our Annual Police Plan 2023/24 sets out what we will do to keep our communities safe and this has been developed using your responses to last year's survey, along with focus groups, workshops and other ways we listen to and work with communities.

We report your feedback in ways which are practical for policing and inform what we do in your area. Your feedback shapes what we do nationally and locally, like how we inform people about policing. 

A report is prepared each Quarter for the Scottish Police Authority's 'Policing Performance Committee'. This is just one of the ways that policing is scrutinised, which is important as it helps us ensure we are policing with the consent of the people of Scotland. 

Your privacy and consent

Your response is anonymous and you will not be identified through the information you provide unless you choose to identify yourself in your responses. Any data that identifies you will be removed and not stored. 

At the end of the survey, we ask for personal details to ensure we receive a comprehensive range of responses. Please note that you do not have to answer these questions.

By completing this survey, you agree to Police Scotland using your anonymised data for analysis and reporting that will improve the service we provide.

Police Scotland is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We have robust procedures in place to ensure that any data that you provide is processed and stored securely. We will never pass any data that identifies you on to any third parties without your express consent. We also meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 (General Data Protection Regulation or 'GDPR').

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Reporting a crime or providing information about an incident

Please note that this platform is not for reporting crime, providing information about an incident, or asking us for help. To find out ways to contact the police, please visit our website. If you or someone else needs police assistance, please dial 101, or in an emergency use 999. 

Accessible formats

This survey is also available with British Sign Language translation videos. You may find this version easier if you use BSL to communicate.

This survey is available in Easy Read. If you need this, you can download it from the bottom of this page. 

Please use the contact details on this page if you need to complete the survey in a different way.

Local Policing Service Delivery Review

Our Local Policing Programme is progressing work with our colleagues, the public and communities to consider how local policing services are delivered in communities to meet the challenges impacting local areas. As a national police service, we need to ensure we utilise our resources in the best way in local areas with appropriate national support where it is needed. This work is termed as the 'Local Policing Service Delivery Review'. 

The aim of the review is to take an evidence led approach to understand the needs of our local communities and how we as your police service work effectively with all partners to respond to threat, risk and harm. Ultimately, this is about how we work within and with communities to ensure they are safe and protected. 

We are currently working within two divisions, Highland and Islands Division and Forth Valley Division, to understand this area in more detail. We are including responses received to our Your Poice survey as part of our initial 'discovery phase', as well as reviewing our User Experience Survey feedback, other colleague engagement, academic research and partner expertise. 

Young Scot Membership 

If you are a young person aged 12-25, there is more information about how to claim your 150 Rewards points shown after you submit your response. Not a Member yet? Go to to sign up.

Get more people to join the conversation about #YourPolice 

We have included a toolkit below. Please download and use with your organisation, group, family or friends.

What happens next

Thank you for your interest in our Your Police 2023-24 survey. The survey has now closed. We will now continue to analyse all responses and provide an update on this page in a few months. 

A new Your Police survey for 2024-25 will open before the end of April. 


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