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Published: 13 March 2023

Community Confidence Action Research Project - 16 March 2023

Report Summary

This report provides members of the Policing Performance Committee with an overview of the SPA Community Confidence Action Research Project.

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The publication discussed was referenced in the meeting below

Policing Performance Committee - 16 March 2023

Date : 16 March 2023

Location : online

Key Progress and Learning To Date

Activity in 2021-22 focused on designing the research, bringing partners on board and establishing selection criteria for adopting locations.

Locations have been selected based on a combination of factors: (a) positioning on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) in relation to the national picture and the wider local authority; (b) police intelligence relating to levels of trust and confidence in policing in communities (c) locations where social capital, partnership arrangements and willingness to participate were judged to be strong but not overly complex and (d) consideration given to how replicable the insights and learning may be.

The Steering Group has so far adopted four locations to work in: Letham in Perth (fieldwork commenced in July 2022), Fullarton in Irvine, North Ayrshire (fieldwork commenced in November 2022) and Levenmouth in Fife (fieldwork commenced in November 2022). Fieldwork in the fourth location – Wick – is anticipated to commence in the spring of 2023.

One of the key benefits of conducting the research in a phased manner is the ability to document learning as the research progresses and adapt the engagement approach accordingly.  This learning will also be captured and incorporated into a toolkit for practitioners, which will be a legacy benefit from the project.

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