The results of the latest phase of the Police scotland’s Your View Counts survey, which helps determine the policing priorities of communities throughout Scotland, have been published.
The survey has been live for nine months and has been completed by almost 19,000 people who live across Scotland.
Nationally, the public's priorities are (in order) counter terrorism/national security, violent crime, drug dealing/misuse, serious organised crime and child abuse (including child sexual exploitation).
At a local level, the priorities were tackling anti-social behaviour, homes being broken into, drug dealing, violent crime and child abuse.
The survey is just one of the ways in which Police Scotland works with the public, partners and stakeholders to determine the response to issues of concern to communities.
Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cowie said: “It is very encouraging that people from across the country have taken the time to help us shape the service which Police Scotland provides.
“When we launched this new way of surveying the public we said that in the first year it would be fine-tuned to reflect the needs of our communities. One of the changes we made was to launch a Polish-language version, which has been well-received. Feedback from the Polish participants so far has been really insightful for our service and assists greatly in our delivery of service.
"It is important we not only recognise the differing views of our diverse communities, but acknowledge from these results, the strong consistency of views on policing across the country. As we move forward the development of alternative versions of the survey will continue and we are also now looking at Mandarin and Gaelic versions.”
Dariusz Adler, Poland’s Consul General to Scotland, said: “With so many EU nationals, including Polish nationals now living in Scotland it is extremely important for us to know that Police Scotland is working hard to engage with everyone who lives in the communities across Scotland.
"To have the public consultation survey 'Your View Counts' available in Polish will hopefully encourage our nationals living here to share their views on what is important to them.
“While the Your View Counts survey provides the opportunity for communities to tell us what is important to them locally on an ongoing basis, the recent launch of our Policing 2026 strategy encourages people to participate in our longer term plan for policing.”
The full survey results for Your View Counts can be found at: www.scotland.police.uk/yourviewcounts.