Views sought on po­lice pri­or­i­ties

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents are be­ing urged to give their views on six new na­tional pri­or­i­ties for polic­ing in Scot­land.

The Scottish Gov­ern­ment last week launched a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on new Strate­gic Po­lice Pri­or­i­ties, cov­er­ing the themes of lo­cal­ism, preven­tion, re­sponse, col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing, ac­count­abil­ity and adapt­abil­ity.

Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for Jus­tice Michael Matheson said:“The cur­rent Strate­gic Po­lice Pri­or­i­ties have now been in place for just over three years and have pro­vided clear di­rec­tion for the Scottish Po­lice Au­thor­ity and Po­lice Scot­land through their crit­i­cal first years of op­er­a­tion.

“I am con­fi­dent that we are on the right track. Recorded crime is at a 41 year low, violent crime is down by more than half since 2006/07 and homi­cides are at their low­est since records be­gan.

“How­ever, it is im­por­tant that we build on this progress, en­sur­ing that ev­ery in­di­vid­ual across Scot­land ex­pe­ri­ences the ben­e­fits that come with hav­ing an ef­fec­tive po­lice ser­vice.

Po­lice Scot­land Chief Con­sta­ble Phil Gorm­ley added: “Po­lice Scot­land op­er­ates with the con­sent and sup­port of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.

“Un­der­stand­ing as much as we can about what com­mu­ni­ties need is a cru­cial fac­tor in shap­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture for polic­ing.”

Go to http://www.gov.scot/Top­ics/Jus­tice/poli­cies/po­lice-fir­eres­cue/po­lice-scot­land/Strate­gicPo­licePri­or­i­ties to view the pri­or­i­ties.

Con­sent Chief Con­sta­ble Phil Gorm­ley

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