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Published: 18 March 2024

Community Confidence Project update - 12 March 2024

Report Summary

This report provides members of the Policing Performance Committee with an overview of progress update to the Committee on the joint SPA / Police Scotland Community Confidence Action Research Project.  The paper also describes the conclusion of the delivery phase of the project and next steps regarding post-project write-up, dissemination and impact.

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The publication discussed was referenced in the meeting below

Policing Performance Committee - 12 March 2024

Date : 12 March 2024

Location : online

Background & Context

In 2021 the Authority and Police Scotland initiated a three-year research project aimed at understanding levels of public confidence and trust in policing in areas experiencing socio-economic deprivation, with a view to co-developing ‘tests of change’ that may help to improve trust and confidence.

The Project originated as a result of a correlation being identified at a geographical level between low confidence in policing and the incidence of deprivation in communities, as measured by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. Pooled data from the previous decade’s Scottish Crime and Justice Survey was analysed by academics based at the University of Edinburgh on behalf of the Authority, with a paper being provided to the Authority in the summer of 2020.

Since 2021 Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority have been undertaking participative action research, along with key local and national partners, focused on understanding local community level confidence in policing. The project is working in four local communities across Scotland to develop small-scale, sustainable activities that may help to improve confidence.

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