Draft Strategic Police Priorities for Scotland - Consultation Analysis Report

An analysis report for the recent consultation on Strategic Police Priorities.

Impact Assessments

70. The final of the three consultation questions asked respondents if they had anything to add to the impact assessments published alongside the consultation document. As noted previously, the vast majority of respondents indicated that they had nothing to add, whilst some of those who did comment provided more general views on the Priorities as a whole. These have been taken into account in the analysis presented above as appropriate.

71. Of those who did offer comments on the impact assessments, the main points arising were as follows:

  • Several respondents welcomed the impact assessments and thought they had considered a diverse range of issues;
  • There were differing views on whether combining the EQIA/ CRWIA was a good idea as often they can uncover competing demands and needs;
  • A few respondents commented about the need to explore intersectional identities rather than looking at characteristics in isolation, as someone's experience of crime or engagement with the police will depend on their character and socio-economic status as a whole;
  • Several respondents commented about the need to expand the EQIA in respect of gender to cover non-binary identities and to recognise the scale and impact of gender-based violence;
  • A couple of respondents highlighted that they would welcome some consideration given to care-experienced children and young people as a particularly vulnerable group;
  • Other comments suggested that the sections on race/ethnicity, age and disability could be enhanced by including factors which might affect the vulnerability of these groups and also the sort of interaction they might have with the police more generally.

72. Final points raised were that the impact assessments would be strengthened if their direct influence on the Strategic Police Priorities was clearly explained, whilst others suggested that the implementation of the Priorities required to be monitored to assess their true impact and that the impact assessments themselves should also be kept under review.

73. There were no comments specifically on the partial BRIA.


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