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The results of the latest phase of the Your View Counts survey which helps determine the policing priorities of communities throughout Scotland have been published.

The survey has been live for nine months and has been completed by almost 19,000 people who live across Scotland.

Nationally, the public's priorities are (in order) Counter Terrorism/National Security, Violent Crime, drug dealing/misuse, Serious Organised Crime and Child Abuse (including Child Sexual Exploitation), whereas at a local level, the priorities were tackling Anti-Social Behaviour, homes being broken into, drug dealing, violent crime and child abuse.

The survey is just one of the ways in which Police Scotland works with the public, partners and stakeholders to determine the response to issues of concern to communities.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cowie said: “It is very encouraging that people from across the country have taken the time to help us shape the service which Police Scotland provides.

“When we launched this new way of surveying the public we said that in the first year it would be fine-tuned to reflect the needs of our communities. One of the changes we made was to launch a Polish-language version, which has been well-received. Feedback from the Polish participants so far has been really insightful for our service and assists greatly in our delivery of service. It is important we not only recognise the differing views of our diverse communities, but acknowledge from these results, the strong consistency of views on policing across the country. As we move forward the development of alternative versions of the survey will continue and we are also now looking at Mandarin and Gaelic versions.”

Dariusz Adler, Poland’s Consul General to Scotland, said: “With so many EU nationals, including Polish nationals now living in Scotland it is extremely important for us to know that Police Scotland is working hard to engage with everyone who lives in the communities across Scotland.

To have the public consultation survey 'Your View Counts' available in Polish will hopefully encourage our nationals living here to share their views on what is important to them.”

(Przy takiej ilości obywateli z krajów Unii Europejskiej, w tym z Polski, którzy obecnie mieszkają w Szkocji, jest dla nas ogromnie ważne, że Szkocka Policja podejmuje kroki w celu nawiązania kontaktu ze wszystkimi społecznościami mieszkającymi w tym kraju.Dostępność ankiety w j. polskim mamy nadzieję zachęci naszych obywateli do wyrażenia swoich opinii na pytania zadawane przez Szkocka Policję w ramach projektu „Twoje zdanie też się liczy”. )

Local priorities were identified as:

  • Anti-social behaviour and disorder,
  • Homes being broken into,
  • Drug dealing / misuse,
  • Violent crime,
  • Child abuse including child sexual exploitation.

National priorities were identified as:

  • Counter terrorism / national security,
  • Violent crime,
  • Serious organised crime,
  • Drug dealing / misuse,
  • Child abuse including child sexual exploitation.

Respondents aged between 16 and 24 also identified domestic abuse amongst their local priorities and sexual crime amongst their national priorities.

ACC Cowie said: "The response so far is encouraging. Direct feedback provides a valuable channel in assessing the aspirations of the communities we serve. The survey is one of the ways for our communities to give us their feedback on what matters most to them, and allows us to respond appropriately.

"We have acted on the initial feedback from the first quarter's results, which were published in the summer, and made some improvements to the survey, to make it easier to understand.“

"The ongoing survey, which reports quarterly, replaces the annual survey and is hosted on the Police Scotland website. 

"We want to give our communities the opportunity to have their say at a time that is convenient to them, 24 hours a day. We would encourage those who have not yet done so, to take just 15 minutes of their time to tell us what is important to them about policing.

"We recognise the importance of being accessible and the survey results adds to the information and views obtained by our staff in many community and partnership events or meetings. It greatly assists us in planning and delivering services for communities across the length and breadth of Scotland."

To take the survey, click on the below links.

You can find the results for your local area in the Related Documents section below.

Take the survey here

Click here for a Polish version

Click here for an Easy Read version

External link icon links to SurveyMonkey.co.uk


Your View Counts Results April - December 2016

Related Documents

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