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SPA Chair Susan Deacon visits Arran to meet local police

Published : 18/06/2020 12:11:58

SPA Chair Susan Deacon has paid a visit to the Isle of Arran to meet with local officers and hear about policing on the Island.

The Chair also took the opportunity to meet with officials and volunteers from HMS Coastguard and Arran Mountain Rescue, who are key partners and work closely with Police Scotland.

Ms Deacon also attended a Community Gala in Lamlash during her visit where she met community representatives and Islanders to discuss their views of policing on Arran.

The informative visit gave the Chair a unique insight into the policing approach and the successful partnership working that is making an impact on the Island. 

Ms Deacon's visit was concluded with a meeting in Irvine with the CEO of North Ayrshire Council.

This is the most recent in a series of visits and meetings that the Chair and the Board of the Scottish Police Authority has held across the country in the last 12 months as it seeks to strengthen its engagement with local authorities and communities.

Over the past year, discussions with local police teams, local authority elected members and executives, and local partners and stakeholders have taken place across Scotland, including:
•         Dumfries & Galloway
•         Orkney Islands
•         Aberdeen
•         Aberdeenshire
•         Perth & Kinross
•         South Lanarkshire
•         East Ayrshire
•         Inverclyde
•         Glasgow
•         Edinburgh
These visits have been supported by a developing programme of discussions between Board Members and community representatives across Scotland. 
In addition and as part of the SPA’s commitment to local accessibility, board meetings are taking place much more widely across the country.

Over the last 12 months the Board has met in communities and venues in Glenrothes, Dunkeld, Kilmarnock, Greenock, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. This programme will continue in the coming year to enhance the Authority's engagement with communities up and down the country.  
The programme of local visits has offered Board Members additional insight and perspectives into local priorities or concerns while also identifying potential areas for improvement.

The engagement is also ensuring Board Members have greater visibility of good practice and innovation in action, such as work on Trauma Informed Policing in Ayrshire Division.

In the coming year, the Board will visit partnership programmes in the North East, and with special constables in Highlands and Islands.  
In parallel, the Authority is also strengthening its engagement with local government, COSLA and SOLACE.