Background and Aim:
- The police service in Scotland has delivered strong performance in recent years, with crime rates at a 32-year low.
- The Scottish Government is now facing unprecedented financial pressure, with the need to make savings prompting a fundamental re-think of how a range of services are delivered. This budget pressure has forced the question of whether the existing policing model, based around eight forces1 with limited inter-force collaboration, is the most effective and efficient model for Scotland.
- The aim of this project has been to determine how Scottish policing should respond to this situation. It has sought to identify a model of policing that will be sustainable in the long term, delivering policing services to a high standard in the most cost-effective way possible.
The report is available for download here.