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Strengthening community engagement and resilience


Community engagement is about working with people in local areas, so that they feel involved in the decisions that affect them.


Work to strengthen and enhance community engagement includes:

  • establishing single police and fire & rescue services which will strengthen links with communities, with a designated senior officer for each area, and provide the opportunity for more councillors to have their say on policing in their area
  • policing plans for every council ward area tailored to local needs and priorities
  • the CashBack for Communities programme
  • setting up the Ready Scotland website to ensure that people are able to cope with potential disasters such as fire, flood or severe weather, and with everyday challenges and risks faced by people in need


Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) formally went live in April 2013.

The police have a duty to uphold and enforce the law and maintain the peace in Scotland. The roles of the SFRS are underpinned by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland 2013 which provides priorities and objectives, with guidance and support on the carrying out of its functions.

Partnership and community engagement are at the heart of the work of both services.

The Strategy for Justice in Scotland sets out our approach to make the Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century.

Who we are working with

Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Community Planning Partnerhips, local authorities and community groups.

Bills and legislation

The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 brought together the eight former police forces, the Scottish Police Services Authority and the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency into a single Police Service of Scotland from April 1, 2013.

How Scotland is performing

Scotland Performs measures and reports on the progress of government in Scotland. The National Outcomes describe what we want to achieve over the next 10 years.

National Outcome: We have strong, resilient and supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and how they affect others

Justice Outcomes