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Supporting the police and fire and rescue services to do their job effectively


We must ensure that the police, fire and rescue services are responsive and support them to do their work effectively.


  • we reformed the police service to protect and improve local services by reducing duplication and enhancing access to specialist equipment and expertise. The new single service is Police Scotland and was established in 2013
  • we reformed the fire and rescue service in 2013. The new single fire and rescue service is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service


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

Scottish Police Authority, Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service

Bills and legislation

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:

Our public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people's needs.

Justice Outcomes