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Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform: Year 3 informants report

Published: 18 May 2018

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

Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform: Year 3 informants report


1. See Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform: Year 1 Summary Report

2. See Annex 1: Evidence Review

3. See the Year 2 evaluation report

4. See the Year 3 report on partnership, innovation and prevention

5. SFRS Framework for Scotland 2016



8. See Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform: Year 1 Summary Report

9. Policing 2026 An overview of the strategy can be found in Annex 1


11. SFRS are conducting a public consultation on transformation to help shape the future of the service, due to close on the 14 th May 2018

12. Details of the 3 year implementation plan was presented at the SPA Board Public Session on 19 th December 2017 and can be found at

13. The Scottish Government has committed to maintaining the police budget in real terms for the duration of the current Parliament and has provided additional funding for reform in each year since the single service was established. Police Scotland has also retained VAT money following the UK Government decision to remove VAT liability (worth approximately £22 million in 18/19).

14. Further details of the financial pressures facing SFRS can be found at Audit Scotland (2017) Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: Planning report to the audit and risk assurance committee on the 2016/17 audit This report will be discussed in Year 3 evidence review.

15. This is discussed in further detail in the year 3 evaluation report – Thematic Case Study – Partnership, Innovation and Prevention and can be accessed

16. Herrington (2017) from the Australian Institute of Police Management discusses the importance of leadership in building learning organisations in a presentation at SIPR’s 2017 conference titled ‘The success of failure: can we really build learning organisations in policing?’

17. What aspects of existing Scottish Police Service organisational culture might help or hinder the Reform process was explored in a study undertaken by Tatnell and Elliott (2012) Mapping police organisational culture: evidence from a study of Scottish policing, an overview can be accessed here on page 38

18. The impact on the workforce on a local level in four geographical case study areas across Scotland is discussed in the Year 2 evaluation report

19. For more information on the Policing 2026 consultation see

20. Policing 2026 Consultation Analysis Report (2017)

21. I6 is not discussed by interviewees but has been reviewed by Audit Scotland highlighting the financial implications of the failure of the programme. Audit Scotland (2017) i6: A Review

22. Commission on the future delivery of public services (2011)

23. It should be noted that Police Scotland are developing a Local Approaches to Policing Programme through Policing 2026, which will test different approaches to tackling local issues in different areas of Scotland.

24. The work SFRS have been carrying out on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests is referred to as a good practice example of wider activities in a report commissioned by National Joint Council for Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services ( NJC) in 2017

25. The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 requires Community Planning Partnerships to prepare and publish local outcome improvement plans ( LOAP) which set out the local outcomes to be prioritised for improvement


27. SFRS Framework for Scotland 2016

28. THRIVE is now referred to as a new Contact and Assessment model

29. Description of THRIVE can be found in the Justice Committee written submission from January 2017



32. This material on the Dutch police reform has been kindly provided by Professor Jan Terpstra, University of Nijmegen.

33. This material on the Norwegian police reform has been kindly provided by Vivi Lassen, Oddbjorg Bakli and Ingunn Botheim.