“Please note this consultation is now closed


Consultation start date: 27 Feb 2017

Consultation end date: 8 May 2017


Monday 27th February 2017 was a significant day for Police Scotland with the launch of #Policing2026 – our long term strategy which sets out why we need to change, what we’re trying to achieve and how we’ll do it.

Policing is about more than responding to crimes; it’s about working with people and communities to prevent crime, reduce harm and improve safety and wellbeing.

#Policing2026 will help us understand and respond to the changing needs of people in society. We want as many people as possible in Ayrshire to get involved in the conversation about our strategy.

Ayrshire Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Paul Main said, “I am very proud of the service that officers, staff, Special Constables and Youth Volunteers provide in Ayrshire and the strong partnerships we are part of.

“Since I first walked a beat in Ayrshire as a new recruit, things have changed. Hate Crimes and Domestic Abuse were not priorities when I joined the job in the way they are now. As I look back over more than 20 years and see change in what the public expect from us, it is inevitable the public will expect more change in the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

“The volume of contact we have from the public has changed, as has the reasons why they contact us. We should not be afraid to change too.

“We must ensure we are a modern service, look to the future and deliver the services the public want and in a way that they need. It is suggested that you are more likely to be a victim of crime on line than in the ‘real’ world and the public need to be protected from these risks.

“We should always deal with criminals who cause harm to communities and it is fantastic that violent crime in Ayrshire has never been lower. However only 1 in 5 of the calls the public make to us is about crime. Since I returned to Ayrshire at the start of the year it is very noticeable how much time my teams spend searching for missing people, assisting people who may be vulnerable or isolated and require our help.

“I hope people take the time to respond to the Policing 2026 consultation. I look forward to discussing Policing 2026 with people over the next 10 weeks and I am sure their views and opinions will be interesting.”

You can get involved by reading our strategy which was out for consultation at: scotland.police.uk/policing2026

“Results of this consultation will be posted when available please check back soon”