New policing plan for the Stirling area approved

Stirling Council has approved Police Scotland’s new Local Policing Plan for the area.

Stirling Council HQ
Stirling Council HQ

The plan sets out the local policing priorities and objectives for the Stirling area over the next four years (2023-2026) and shows how they will be delivered and assessed.

The five priorities for Stirling are:  

  • Protecting people most at risk from harm
  • Responsive to the concerns of the communities
  • Road safety and road crime
  • Enhancing collective resistance to emerging threats
  • Promoting confidence through actions.

These all align with Police Scotland strategic outcomes, with each priority focusing on several key issues.

For example, the ‘Protecting people most at risk from harm’ priority is centred on supporting vulnerable people, protecting children and young people; working collaboratively with partners to support those affected by sexual crime; and tackling domestic abuse and aiding victims.

The plan was developed following a consultation exercise that took place between June 2022 and February 2023 involving the general public, businesses, key partners, the local authority, the third sector and Councillors. It was agreed at last Thursday’s (3 May) meeting of Council.

Safety and wellbeing of our communities

Stirling Council Leader Councillor Chris Kane said: “A robust, comprehensive and flexible local policing plan enhances the safety and wellbeing of our communities and helps the Council deliver essential services to residents and businesses across Stirling.

“The new policing plan for the Stirling area recognises the importance of the Police working in partnership with communities to achieve better outcomes, with the key priorities developed following the input of various community groups and organisations as well as the general public.

“The Council will scrutinise and monitor the performance of the plan on an ongoing basis to ensure it is meeting the needs of the people of Stirling and making the area a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Collaboration with local partners

Chief Supt Barry Blair, Forth Valley Divisional Commander said: “We are delighted to have the Local Police Plan for Stirling approved. Chief Inspector Caroline Logan will lead her team in delivering the priorities detailed in the plan in collaboration with local partners.  

"We both look forward to reporting on progress made through regular updates to the Public Safety Committee.”

Stirling Council has a statutory responsibility to approve the local policing plan. Ongoing scrutiny of the plan will be carried out through regular updates to the Public Safety Committee.

The Local Policing Report can be downloaded here as part of the meeting agenda papers and a recording of the meeting can be viewed on the Council’s webcast page.