Date lodged: 12 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what importance it places on community policing and how beneficial it considers it to be to communities.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 19 September 2018
This Government places the highest importance on community policing and welcomes the fact that the majority of people in our communities believe the police are doing a good or excellent job in their local area.
Localism is a key feature of the Scottish Government's Strategic Police Priorities, set by my predecessor in 2016 and due to be reviewed next year. I am pleased to say that these priorities are reflected strongly in Police Scotland and the SPA's ten year transformational strategy, Policing 2026 and in the implementation of that strategy. There is a great deal of work going on within Police Scotland to improve the service's responsiveness to local needs, ensuring that officers are visible within communities, working in partnership to keep people safe and support the most vulnerable members of our society. I believe Members should be very encouraged by the recent comments of the new Chief Constable regarding the importance of engagement with local communities and the empowerment of local police officers and staff across the country. I look forward to working with the Chief Constable and the SPA Chair to further build on the progress which is being made in this important area.