Community Policing

Part of Justice and Law Officers – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 22nd March 2007.

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Photo of Jeremy Purvis Jeremy Purvis Liberal Democrat 2:15 pm, 22nd March 2007

I thank the minister for the "Scottish Policing Performance Framework" that she sent to members of the Justice 2 Committee this week. It outlines the expectations of the police services in Scotland, after consultation of the police forces and the authorities. Does she recognise that there is now a need for more community police officers, and for doubling in many areas the presence of dedicated community officers? Does she agree that the performance framework would be more robust if it included information about shift-by-shift deployment, drawn up in consultation with local police forces and chief constables, to ensure that communities receive police cover across shifts and that police officers are not pulled away? One of the biggest concerns of local communities is that community police officers are not policing their communities.