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Strategic Police Priorities

The Strategic Police Priorities (SPPs) are set under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (the Act). They provide an outline of what is expected of our police service.  They are not intended to direct specific areas of operational policing activity but rather are intended to give a broader strategic direction to Police Scotland and the SPA.

The Strategic Police Priorities are published with further information here with a covering letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP.  The seven Priorities are:

  • Localism – Ensure that the needs of local communities are understood and reflected in the planning and delivery of policing at a local and national level.
  • Inclusion – Ensure our police service is accessible and responsive to the needs of all people in Scotland.
  • Prevention – Ensure our police service works to protect people by preventing crime and reducing fear of crime through communication, education, innovation and partnership working.
  • Response – Focus policing on improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities by tackling crime and responding to and investigating incidents effectively and efficiently.
  • Collaborative Working – Ensure that our police service works productively with partners at local, national and international levels to deliver better outcomes for people in Scotland.
  • Accountability – Continuously improve public confidence in policing and inspire trust by being transparent, accountable and acting with integrity, fairness and respect.
  • Adaptability – Ensure our police service takes advantage of new opportunities and meets emerging threats and challenges.

Supporting documents have been developed following an extensive consultation exercise and are available;

Consultation Analysis Report

Equality Impact Assessment

Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment

Further information relating to the consultation can be found here.