National consultation: Police Scotland

On Monday 27 February 2017, Police Scotland published Policing 2026, a national consultation designed to ensure as many voices as possible are heard to help the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland design its services to keep people safe over the next decade. The consultation will run for 10 weeks and will help refine and inform the strategy.

The demands on policing are changing. The patterns of crime are shifting - often enabled by new technologies, the population is ageing and becoming more diverse and the duty to protect the vulnerable is becoming ever more complex. The police service must adapt and develop its capacity and capability to maximise public safety and remain operationally and financially sustainable.

The strategy will chart the next phase in the transformation of policing in Scotland. It will create a workforce of police officers and staff who are focussed on where they can add most value to the mission of protecting and serving the public. It will see technology and new ways of working releasing greater productivity and more time tackling crime and addressing issues around vulnerability. The workforce mix will evolve as new skills and capabilities are developed to tackle the emerging challenges revealed in the 2026 strategy.

Developing our approach in five key areas of activity will drive the transformation:

  • Prevention – tackling crime, inequality and critical problems facing communities
  • Protection – based on threat, risk and harm
  • Communities – focused on localism, diversity and the virtual world
  • Knowledge – informing the development of better services
  • Innovation – becoming a dynamic, adaptable and sustainable service

I would like to invite you and your communities to participate in this consultation, local views are essential to helping form this strategy.  As highlighted the consultation will be open for 10 weeks until 10 May 2017 when the responses will be reviewed and the revised Policing 2026 strategy document published before the summer.

The full draft strategy document and consultation opportunity can be found at


Damian Armstrong

Chief Inspector

Falkirk Area Commander

Forth Valley Division

Tel 01324 678804

Mobile 07780004456


Twitter: @policescotland