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Community Confidence Action Research

Research indicates that confidence in Scottish policing is lower in areas classed as deprived. The Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland are looking to work with communities in areas of socio-economic deprivation to gain an understanding of confidence in policing in these areas.

We want to listen to the views of local people and, where we can, co-design initiatives to address issues that are raised. We will review these initiatives and measure the impact on views and confidence in policing.

It is anticipated that this project will run until April 2024 and it is hoped that initiatives developed through this project could be applied to other areas across Scotland.

What do we mean by “deprivation”?

Deprivation level in this project is assessed via the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. This index uses a range of data relating to income, employment, education, health, access to services, crime and housing. Therefore, there can be many different reasons for an area to be identified as “deprived”. For more information on the index, please see here: Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020 - (

Contacts for further information

You can contact the project team using the details below:


Phone: 07384875935 or 07384875913