Policing Survey April - September 2016 Results

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The latest community priorities survey results have been published and you can view the results here.

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 six months and has been completed by almost 16,000 people.

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: “The direct involvement of members of the public is vital in helping shape the service policing provides across the country.

“Almost 16,000 people have so far completed the survey, which is available online 24-7 and only takes a few minutes to complete. It’s particularly pleasing that of those who have taken part to date, more than 2,200, from every part of Scotland, are between the ages of 16 and 24.

“We recently launched a new approach to children and young people and part of that is about continuing to listen and engage. We already engage with young people through our very successful Police Scotland Young Volunteers programme which gives young people between 10 and 18 an insight into policing in Scotland and inspires them to participate positively in their communities. 

"I hope that by having the survey online and promoted via social media, more and more young people in Scotland can have their say in how the police service addresses the issues which concern them most.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Police Scotland’s new approach to working with young people was developed directly with young people supported by Young Scot and is a fantastic exemplar for public services. 

"It is vital the views and ideas of young people are not just listened to, but wholly taken into account when determining priorities for local communities across Scotland. 

"Young people have clearly told us that they want to be part of creating safer communities. By reaching out and using new technology to involve young people in these discussions, we can all help to make Scotland a stronger and safer country.”

The full survey results can be found in the Related Documents below.

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 - September 2016

Related Documents

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