Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform: Year 2 Report

Assesses the extent to which the aims of police and fire reform have been met.


1. http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00502138.pdf

2. http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00502122.pdf

3. See Hail, Y. (2017) Local policing in transition: examining the impacts and implications of police reform in Scotland ( PhD thesis, University of Dundee).

4. Bayley, D.H. (2008) Police Reform: Who done it? In Policing & Society, (2008) 18:1, pp7-17 accessed at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10439460701718518; Osborne, S and Brown, K (2005) Managing Change and Innovation in Public Service Organizations London: Routledge; Audit Scotland (2012) Learning the lessons of public body mergers (Audit Scotland: Edinburgh).

5. http://www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/352649/0118638.pdf

6. Scottish Government (2016) Strategic Police Priorities for Scotland http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00506835.pdf

7. SFRS (2016) Strategic Plan 2016-19 http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/media/1005163/scottish_fire_and_rescue_service_strategic_plan_2016_19.pdf

8. House of Commons Library (2016) Police funding. Briefing Paper 7279, 25/2/16.

9. Home Office (2016) Fire and rescue authorities: Operational statistics bulletin for England 2015 to 2016 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/563118/fire-rescue-operational-statistics-201516-hosb1216.pdf

10. An International Seminar on Police and Fire Reform took place on 11 th November 2016 in Edinburgh and included participants from Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

11. The inclusion of a case study area within the former Strathclyde region was to assess whether change impacted differentially on those inside and outside the area covered by the largest legacy organisation.

12. HMICS (2016) Local Policing+ Inspection Programme Inspection of Dumfries and Galloway Division http://hmics.org/sites/default/files/publications/HMICS%20Local%20Policing%2B%20Dumfries%20and%20Galloway%20Division.pdf

HMICS (2015) Local Policing+ Inspection Programme Inspection of Edinburgh Division http://www.hmics.org/sites/default/files/publications/HMICS%20Local%20Policing%2B%20Inspection%20Programme%20Inspection%20of%20Edinburgh%20Division.pdf

HMICS (2015) Local Policing+ Inspection Programme Inspection of Aberdeen City Division http://www.hmics.org/sites/default/files/publications/Local%20Policing%2B%20Inspection%20Programme%20-%20Inspection%20of%20Aberdeen%20City%20Division.pdf

HMICS (2015) Local Policing+ Inspection Programme Inspection of Ayrshire Division http://www.hmics.org/sites/default/files/publications/HMICS%20Local%20Policing%2B%20Inspection%20Programme%20-%20Inspection%20of%20Ayrshire%20Division.pdf

HMICS (2014) Local Policing+ Pilot Inspection of Fife Division http://www.hmics.org/sites/default/files/publications/HMICS%20Local%20Policing%2B%20Pilot%20Inspection%20of%20Fife%20Division.pdf

13. See Audit Scotland (2017) I6: A Review http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/uploads/docs/report/2017/nr_170309_i6_review.pdf

14. The six measures of public confidence in Police Scotland from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (March 2016) include: investigate incidents after they occur, deal with incidents as they occur, respond quickly to appropriate calls and information from the public, solve crimes, catch criminals and prevent crime. See http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00496532.pdf

15. A review of call handling indicates that there was over 94% in customer satisfaction in call handling at the Police Scotland Service Centre for the first two quarters of 2016/17. See HMICS (2017). Independent Assurance Review Police Scotland - Call Handling Update Report. http://www.hmics.org/sites/default/files/publications/HMICS%20Independent%20Assurance%20Review%20Police%20Scotland%20%E2%80%93%20Call%20Handling%20-%20Update%20Report.pdf

16. It is difficult to establish pre-reform baseline information in relation to officer and staff well-being. Data presented to the SPA Human Resources and Remuneration Committee in June 2016 indicates that officer and staff absence in local policing remained stable between 2014/15 and 2015/16 but at higher levels than for those working in specialist functions (see: http://www.spa.police.uk/assets/126884/183786/349830/agendaitem11.1).

17. SFRS (2016) Fire Safety and Organisational Statistics Scotland 2015-16 can be found here http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/media/977781/fire_safety_and_org_statistics_2015_16_v1.1.pdf. It should be noted that no compulsory redundancy policy has always been in effect within the SFRS.

18. For a review of ICT see HMFSI (2015) Performance Management Information Systems in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: A review of the systems the SFRS uses to collect and report data relating to its performance http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0047/00476788.pdf

19. Pension arrangements are not determined by SFRS senior management

20. Scottish Government (2016) Strategic Police Priorities for Scotland http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00506835.pdf

21. SPA (2016) Review of Governance in Policing http://www.spa.police.uk/assets/128635/337350/337362

22. Police Scotland (2017) Our 10 year strategy for policing in Scotland http://www.scotland.police.uk/assets/pdf/138327/386688/policing-2026-strategy.pdf?link=landing1

23. SFRS (2016) Strategic Plan 2016-19 http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/media/1005163/scottish_fire_and_rescue_service_strategic_plan_2016_19.pdf


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