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