In 2017 Police Scotland agreed a ten year strategy for how they want to build a sustainable service able to adapt to the needs of a changing Scotland. Since then, they have been planning for and delivering change, whilst continuing to provide the local and specialist services that keep people safe.
Each year they are required to publish an Annual Police Plan which sets out their operational priorities for the year ahead.
This year they will enhance that, by bringing together the work they do locally and nationally across all their functions with their change activity, into one plan covering the next three years.
This will show how all the parts of the service come together to make a positive impact for policing and society and to keep people safe across Scotland against a set of strategic outcomes.
As part of their planning process, Police Scotland assesses what their priorities should be to address the highest threat and risk of harm from crime to the people and communities of Scotland. This involves their own analysis, as well as public input through their Your View Counts survey.
They have identified four broad themes:
Protecting vulnerable people;
Working with communities;
Tackling cyber-related crime; and
Support for operational policing.
As part of their ongoing engagement, they are looking for opinions from people across Scotland on their proposed outcomes, their approach, and how you want to be involved in working with them to continue to shape future services. They are also keen to hear your views to help shape their future strategies in respect to prevention and public contact and engagement.
Your opinions will help them to make sure that their plan fits with expectations and enables continued collaboration, and that they identify any areas of the plan that require to be amended or strengthened.
Their plan will be laid before the Scottish Parliament by the end of March.
The survey will be open until Monday 18 March 2019.