Fife’s top policeman is urging members of the public to spare a few minutes of their time to give their views on their main policing priorities.
Chief Inspector Stevie Hamilton wants as many people as possible to participate in the Your View Counts online survey to ensure that the police know what people think.
Stressing that engagement with the public would still continue through local meetings, Mr Hamilton said the new way of gathering information was more flexible and accessible.
“As a police officer and a local man with children, living and schooled locally, I am committed to developing a policing response that is in line with the needs and aspirations of all local people,” he said.
“In that respect the National Public Consultation Survey seeks to demonstrate our commitment to a local approach founded on partnership working, participation and importantly meaningful local engagement.
“The survey will allow communities, (you), to tell the police what’s important to them – and to do so at a time which is convenient to anyone taking part as it is open all year round, around the clock.
“The forthcoming year will present us with many challenges and opportunities to tackle issues that impact on communities of Central Fife and in the words of Sir Robert Peel I believe ‘The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.’
“Our focus is Keeping People Safe and the best way to keep people safe is to prevent crime from occurring. The opportunity to have your say, and shape police priorities, reflects our commitment to our organisational purpose – to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities in Scotland – our communities.”
The Chief Inspector added: “Local policing is at the heart of what we do and that’s why we’re committed to listening to the public – we want to provide a high standard of service which delivers effective policing, tailored to meeting local needs. Improving our ability to assess community views throughout the year, instead of a single point in time, will allow us to provide more meaningful feedback during the forthcoming year, on the policing service we provide.
He explained that the responses to the consultation process would be continuously monitored and quarterly progress reports would be published on the Police Scotland website.
“As always, anyone with information about a crime or any other incident are encouraged to contact Police Scotland by calling 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”