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Public Confidence

This page tells you about the public attitudes to policing in Scotland.

The Scottish Police Authority’s approach to public engagement is complementary to Police Scotland’s. The Authority’s approach is targeted to where it can best add value, or to where additional evidence, insight, assurance, or reassurance, may be required. This evidence has underlined the significant value that our fellow citizens and communities place upon their police service.

Public Confidence Polling

In 2022, the Authority commissioned the Diffley Partnership to undertake a series of public polling activities on a regular six-monthly basis over the period 2022-2024. You can find the results on this page.

Find out more about Public Polling

Community Confidence Action Research

The Authority is working with Police Scotland to better understand public confidence in policing in areas that experience deprivation. A number of surveys have been conducted in various localities and the results to date can be found on this page.

Find out more about Community Confidence Action Research

COP26 Public Attitudes to Policing

The Authority commissioned a survey of over 1,000 residents in the Greater Glasgow area with questions focused on policing during COP26. You can read about the findings in our Public Briefing.

Find out more about COP26 Public Attitudes Survey - Public Briefing - December 2021

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