We are introducing a new way of assessing public contact with the police. We’ve already been using this approach in the Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway areas and will be rolling this out nationally continuing with the Greater Glasgow area from October 2019.
The remaining areas in the West (Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Ayrshire, Argyll, Bute and West Dunbartonshire) are expected to follow in early 2020; the East of Scotland by spring 2020 and finally the North by summer 2020.
You will still call 101 and 999 and specially trained service advisers will continue to answer your call, however they now have a wider range of options to provide assistance based on your needs and circumstances. This could include immediate attendance at the incident or within a specified timeframe, an appointment with a police officer or assistance directly over the phone.
Making an effective assessment when a person calls us is a key element of the changes we are making – ensuring we put the safety of those most in need at the heart of our decision making.
What does this mean?
This means that we might deal with the same type of call differently depending on the needs of the caller, after assessing their vulnerability and the risk and harm posed to them.
An elderly person calls to report that their garden shed has been broken into. Under the new assessment model we might send officers but someone in a less vulnerable situation may actually request that we set up an appointment at their convenience or that an officer calls them back.
Making a more robust assessment of threat, risk, harm and vulnerability will ensure that the correct, most effective police response is provided to every caller.
What won’t change?
You will still call 101 and 999 as you do now, there is no change to the way you can contact us. Rather than having a 'one size fits all’ approach to certain types of calls, under the new approach, service advisers will take into account the needs and circumstances of everyone who contacts us to provide an appropriate and proportionate policing response.
Assessing calls in this way will also increase our ability to despatch police officers to urgent incidents, which means we can get to the people who need us most, when they need us most.
What is changing?