A public consultation is launched on the future of Police Scotland

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28th March 2017 13:05 - Public Consultation

A public consultation into the future of policing in Scotland over the next 10 years has been launched.

The public are being asked for their opinions on a new draft strategy by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and Police Scotland. Policing 2026 outlines a vision to match strategic priorities suggested by the Scottish Government, namely prevention, protection, communities, knowledge and innovation.

The new strategy aims to be reflective of the changing demands on policing, including the shifting patterns of crime as a result of new technologies, protecting vulnerable people, as well as dealing with an aging population.

The Chairman of the Scottish Police Authority, Andrew Flanagan, said that Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland have spent months and months exploring the changing nature of communities and the demands on policing, as well as assessing the changing nature of crime.

Flanagan added that from a positon of strength, Police Scotland need to adhere to the changes and is well-equipped to deal with the rising demand. All of this needs to be done in a way which is financially sustainable.

He also said that policing is a vital public service and it is essential that the police force listen to those they wish to serve to ensure we meet their expectations.

Through this consultation, Police Scotland is asking for the public to provide their views on the approach outlined and are urging as many people as possible to take part.

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