Practitioner Fellowships

The Police Reform Programme in Scotland

David Stewart Taynuilt Associates Ltd

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Research Context and Objectives:

The Police Reform Programme in Scotland has been acknowledged as the largest Public Sector Reform Programme in the UK, comprising the merger of 10 policing organisations into one single entity. This significant change was implemented in an extremely challenging timescale and, while the 1 April 2013 was the merger date and much was done in the run up to that event, work now continues to ensure that the benefits of this reform programme are achieved in the longer term. The objectives of this research will be two-fold;

Planned Activities :

Activities will include literature reviews in respect of both police-related journals and those from a broader change management perspective with the potential of undertaking structured/semi structured interviews with those involved in police change programmes elsewhere. Reference will be made to previous SIPR research papers relating to the National Police Reform Programme.

Use will be made of the EPIC (European Police Institutes Collaboration) network to access comparative data, perhaps via a questionnaire survey followed up by Skype interviews but also a potential visit to the Netherlands given the strong parallels in terms of the timing and nature of the reforms.

Outputs will include formal reports with the potential to support internal police purposes for Police Scotland, as well as potential academic journals with further potential content suitable for presentation at conferences comprising audiences from either policing or change management.


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