New proposals for police priorities 
up for discussion

Police Scotland Chief Constable, Phil Gormley
Police Scotland Chief Constable, Phil Gormley

The Scottish Government is seeking the public’s views on its six new national priorities for policing in Scotland.

The priorities cover localism, prevention, response, collaborative working, accountability and adaptability and will set the future direction for Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson said: “We need a service which carries the shared values of all of our public sector, which works at an international level to combat the threats of modern times, that brings national consistency, co-ordination and specialist resource and holds local policing at its heart. It must be focused on priorities which are relevant to, and serve the interests of, local people.

“The programme for Government set out our commitment to provide opportunities for members of the public, communities and local police scrutiny committees to discuss and develop new national priorities for policing in Scotland.

“These new priorities are an important part of the transformation of our police service, and I would encourage everyone to have their say.”

Police Scotland chief constable Phil Gormley added: “Police Scotland operates with the consent and support of the communities we serve.

“I welcome the public consultation on strategic policing priorities as they will enable our officers to deliver localised, community-focused services to the people of Scotland.

“Understanding as much as we can about what communities need is a crucial factor in shaping a sustainable future for policing.

A copy of the draft priorities can be found on the Scottish Government website at www.gov.scot/Topics/Justice/policies/police-fire-rescue/police-scotland/StrategicPolicePriorities