A YEAR-long survey lets you have your say as to how Scots officers prioritise their time, explains Chf Supt Kenny MacDonald
POLICE Scotland has just celebrated its third year and we recently welcomed our new Chief Constable to the force. Philip Gormley was in Edinburgh earlier this month to promote the launch of our public consultation, Your View Counts.
This is an online survey which allows you to let us know what matters most to you in Edinburgh, at a time which is convenient for you. It’s open around the clock, for the next year. So if your priorities change between now and three months time, tell us again.
This online process is the first time Police Scotland’s public consultation has gone digital, and it has been launched as a result of feedback from yourselves over the last year. We used this feedback to redesign and re-launch our consultation process for policing priorities.
The process has evolved with support from key partners and stakeholders and we have created a user-friendly way for you to let us know what you want policing priorities to be on both a local and national level.
For those of you without internet access, the survey can be made available in paper format too, from your local station, or from community facilities with free internet access. We are also continuing to meet directly with different communities throughout the year, to ensure everyone can have their say whether they can access a computer or not.
All responses will be read and, wherever possible, incorporated into our planning for policing within a particular community.
Other factors, such as crime statistics, are also taken into account when determining priorities. I know where I am prioritising the tackling of housebreaking and anti-social behaviour for example, but I want to know if there are other issues in your area that raise concerns for you.
I urge you to take 15 minutes to submit your thoughts and help us make sure that our policing priorities are in line with yours. Your views really do count whether you live or work in Edinburgh, as we continually strive to meet the needs and reduce the concerns of communities, which vary across the city.
You can complete our online consultation at www.scotland.police.uk/yourviewcounts and while monitoring the results all year round, we will keep you updated quarterly on our web page.
• Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald is the police commander for Edinburgh