Review of Strategic Police Priorities: Consultation

Closed 4 Oct 2019

Opened 15 Jul 2019

Feedback updated 16 Dec 2019

We asked

We asked for views on six draft Strategic Police Priorities.

You said

Overall the draft Strategic Police Priorities were positively received.  There were some areas where respondents felt they could be further developed.

We did

We have strengthened the priorities in the areas of engaging with local communities, working in collaboration with partners, and supporting the development and wellbeing of the police workforce.

Results updated 16 Dec 2019

Following the consultation, we have published revised Strategic Police Priorities.



Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Strategic Police Priorities (SPPs) relate to the direction for policing in Scotland, and the carrying out of the Scottish Police Authority’s functions. They are set by Scottish Ministers, and fit within a broader planning framework for the police service in Scotland. The SPPs were last set in 2016.

Following a Programme for Government commitment, we are reviewing the SPPs this year to reflect developments in policing in Scotland.

Why your views matter

Through this consultation we are seeking views on a set of new draft Strategic Police Priorities, and whether they effectively reflect the issues which should be considered a priority for the police service in Scotland. Opinions gathered will help to inform the final version of the SPPs, due to be published later this year.

Read the consultation paper.

Read the Easy Read version of the consultation paper. 

What happens next

We will be using the results of this consultation exercise to inform a final version of the Strategic Police Priorities, due to be published later this year.


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