Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform: Year 3 informants report

Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform: Year 3 national key informants report and summary of evidence.

Annex 1: Policing 2026 overview

In 2016 Police Scotland published a 10 year strategy for policing in Scotland. The strategy intended to provide clear direction towards improvement and sustainability. The vision for the service is outlined as ‘sustained excellence in service and protection’ and purpose ‘to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities in Scotland’.

The strategy outlines how the next stages of reform will require innovation and commitment to deliver transformation at all levels throughout the service.

Five key areas of focus for the strategy are highlighted as:

Protection - Based on threat, risk and harm

Prevention - Tackling crime, inequality and enduring problems facing communities

Communities - Focus on localism, diversity and the virtual world

Knowledge - Informing the development of better services

Innovation - Dynamic, adaptable and sustainable

To achieve their core purpose and vision, the strategy also outlines six strategic objectives including:

Improving public contact, engagement and service

Strengthen effective partnerships

Empower, enable and develop our people

Invest in our use of information and technology

Enhance cyber and forensic capabilities

Transform corporate support services


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