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Engagement and Communication

The Scottish Police Authority’s (SPA) vision for ‘policing in the public interest’ is set out in the SPA’s Corporate Plan for 2020-23. The views and voices of key stakeholders and the public will bring that vision to life, informing and influencing the Authority’s support, oversight and review of policing in Scotland.

Police Scotland has the principal responsibility for public engagement and communication on policing in Scotland. This engagement involves open communication and dialogue with a view to building and maintaining relationships. It also involves seeking support for and commitment to improvement and transformation in policing. Understanding the views and interests of a wide range of stakeholders will support understanding and awareness of policing issues and ensure the service understands issues at an early juncture.

The Authority’s approach to engagement and communication is complementary to Police Scotland’s. It will be targeted where it can best add value, and where additional evidence, insight, assurance or reassurance may be required. The Authority’s Engagement Strategy aligns with the approach and priorities set out in Police Scotland’s Public Contact and Engagement Strategy.

You can find out more about the Authority's approach to engagement and our priorities for 2021-2023 from the link below:

Scottish Police Authority Engagement Strategy (2021-2023)

Scottish Police Authority - Local Authority Engagement Plan (2021-2023)


At the Authority meeting on 30 June 2021, Police Scotland and the SPA agreed a joint Memorandum of Understanding on engagement and communication relating to new and emerging strategy, policy or practice in areas of significant public interest.

It was presented as part of the Chair's Report available to watch online: Authority Meeting - June 2021 on Livestream