People across Argyll and West Dunbartonshire have highlighted anti-social behaviour, followed by drug dealing and misuse, as their main issues of concern, according to the latest phase of the Your View Counts survey.
The survey, which helps determine the policing priorities of communities throughout Scotland, has been live now for six months and has been completed by almost 16,000 people, with 685 of respondents living in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire.
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: “The direct involvement of members of the public is vital in helping shape the policing service we police provide across the country.
“The response so far is encouraging. Direct feedback provides a valuable channel in assessing the aspirations of the communities we serve. The survey is one of the ways for our communities to give us their feedback on what matters most to them, and allows us to respond appropriately.
“We have acted on the initial feedback from the first quarter’s results, which were published in the summer, and made some improvements to the survey, to make it easier to understand.
“We recognise the importance of being accessible and the survey results adds to the information and views obtained by our staff in many community and partnership events or meetings. It greatly assists us in planning and delivering services for communities across the length and breadth of Scotland.”
Residents living throughout the Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Division have identified their priorities as:
- Anti-social behaviour and disorder
- Drug dealing and misuse
- Violent crime
- Homes being broken into
- Child abuse including child sexual exploitation
The full survey results can be found here.
Chief Superintendent Grant Manders, Local Policing Commander for Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Division said: “Your View Counts continues to give people across Argyll and West Dunbartonshire the opportunity to have their say and help shape local and national policing priorities. I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to complete the survey and share their views, which are very important in helping us understand the issues that matter most to those living in our local communities.
“If you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey yet, I would encourage you to go online and let us know about the issues that matter to you. It only takes around 15 minutes, so please do get involved by going to www.scotland.police.yk/yourviewcounts and completing our online consultation.
“We will continue to work with a range of partner agencies to address the key areas of concern highlighted by local people in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire to ensure they feel safe in their communities. Every area of Scotland has different issues and concerns and so it’s important that you get involved and make sure that your view counts.”