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Have your say on policing in Scotland

Published: 7 Dec 2015 13:00
Part of:
Law and order

Giving communities a greater say on police priorities

The broadest ever initiative to gather views on what the people of Scotland would like from their police service has launched today.

The information gathered will be used to develop new Strategic Policing Priorities, the framework set by the Scottish Government outlining their expectations for both the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland.

The Scottish Government set out its commitment to strengthening policing in the Programme for Government in September, three years on from the creation of the national service.

Today's launch builds on the work already being done around this, including a local police scrutiny summit that took place in September, led by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the ongoing local planning process led by Police Scotland.

A review of police governance, led by the Scottish Police Authority is due to report in March 2016, and there is also work ongoing to consider the changing demands on Scottish policing and produce a service fit for the 21st Century.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson said:

"Despite recent challenges, the fundamentals of policing in Scotland are sound. Crime is at its lowest levels in 41 years and we know that communities are increasingly confident about the way that crime is being tackled by our police. We're entering into an exciting time for policing in Scotland and I am confident that, under a new Chief Constable with an extensive background in local policing, there will be a strong focus on the links between police and the communities that they serve.

"Policing has never been just about enforcement, and prevention and partnership are at the very core of Police Scotland, including the valuable partnerships between the service and the communities they serve. As the organisation develops and matures it must evolve to respond to the changes and demands being placed on it, and I look forward to hearing people's views on how policing should develop to provide a modern, open and accessible service that best meets the needs of 21st Century Scotland."

Notes to editors

Responses can be submitted until Friday 12th February 2016 and the results of this first stage will be used to draft revised Strategic Police Priorities which will then be the subject of a formal consultation.Further information, including a discussion paper and introductory letter can be found on the Scottish Government website:

You can have your say by:

  • emailing:
  • via the Scottish Government Digital 'Dialogue' feedback platform
  • via twitter using the hashtag #ScotPolicePriorities
  • or you can post them to:

Strategic Police Priorities Review

Police Division

Scottish Government

1WR St Andrews House

Regent Road



  • Crime has fallen by more than a third since 2006/07 and is at the lowest level since 1974.
  • The number of people who think local crime has stayed the same or improved increased from 65 per cent to 76 per cent between 2006 and 2012/13. However, people were less positive about the national crime rate, with 44 per cent believing it had increased in 2012/13. It had in fact fallen to a 41-year low.