Higher. police visibility

I would like the police to have a more visibility, i.e. Have more police on the ground to respond to 999 calls. The Police force needs to be adequately resourced.

Why the contribution is important

It is essential that criminal/ anti social behaviour is dealt with in order that the ordinary law abiding citizens can life their life without fear.

by georgej54uk on January 16, 2016 at 08:32AM

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  • Posted by tuppence January 18, 2016 at 08:30

    I think it is a huge mistake not to have a visible presence on the streets - it allows free reign to opportunistic crime
  • Posted by lsblairgowrie January 29, 2016 at 11:23

    Police visibility in my area has reduced dramatically since 2012. Given the Police service's aim to keep communities safe, I believe the best way to help communities to feel safe is for there to be a visible police presence.
  • Posted by bwrichard February 19, 2016 at 22:30

    Totally agree. The only time you see police in this area is when they drive past oblivious to all sorts of things happening right under their noses.
  • Posted by cmf290 March 24, 2016 at 12:04

    It may not be what you want to hear, but 'Bobbies On The Beat' is a particularly inefficient way of Policing. They can cover only a very small area during a tour of duty, however if you make them mobile - car, vans, bikes ect they can cover a far greater area and respond far more quickly when required. In an ideal world with unlimited budgets we could have both.

    A far greater efficiency would be gained by allowing the Chief Constable to have total control of his staffing within an allocated budget. At the moment the Chief Constable is required to maintain an establishment of a little over 17,000 officers. Around 80% of the police budget is spent on salaries and staff costs, so when the Chief Constable is required to make 'efficiency savings' the only option he has to make large scale savings is in the area of staff costs. As Police Officers cannot be made redundant under the law, the only option is to reduce the number of Police staff.

    Unfortunately, the reduction in numbers of Police staff means that the vast majority of these posts need to be filled by Police officers. As an example, one Division that used to employ a number of civilian staff to serve citations (at a cost of around £21,000 per annum) now uses Police officers to do this (at a cost of around £38,000 per annum). Whilst I do not have statistics on the number of officers performing this role, I anticipate it is likely to be in the order of 200 - 300 across Scotland. There are numerous other areas where Police officers are required to perform roles previously filled by civilian staff at a considerably lower salary.

    There is an undoubted requirement for some officers to perform 'back office' functions, however there are officers performing these roles as the civilian staff previously doing the job have been made redundant to save money.

    I would suggest that the Chief Constable be allowed to set his Police officer / Police staff numbers to the most efficient levels whilst ensuring that he meets his targets to reduce and detect crime.

    If you asked any officer why they joined the Police, most would say 'to arrest bad guys'. sadly efficiency savings required mean that more and more officers are not being allowed to do this.
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