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The SPF firmly believes that austerity is not a necessity but a political choice.
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This manifesto is a call to action to whoever forms the next Scottish Government
Abolish policing targets and reduce red tape
Targets are counter-productive, drive the wrong kinds of behaviours and ultimately, deliver little more than fodder for politicians to argue amongst themselves.
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Improving democratic participation for police officers
Scotland has never been more politically active or engaged than it is now, but a large number of public sector workers are unable to contribute to political decision making and opinion forming. Nowhere is that more true than in the case of police officers.
We consider it is appropriate to restrict police officers from taking a partisan role in politics.
However, we believe there is room to consider their participation in other aspects of political life. Police officers have skills, insight and ideas that could enrich our politics and in a modern, progressive and forward thinking country, should have that freedom to be able to contribute.
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Stop criminalising mental health
Police cells should not be considered as appropriate places for people waiting to be assessed under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act.
It is increasingly common for individuals suffering from psychotic, depressive or manic episodes to find themselves in cells or some other form of custody pending assessment.
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While intoxication is not a medical emergency, the consequences can be. Locking up drunk people in cells is no longer an acceptable way to manage that risk.
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Social responsibility levy
In Scotland today, some industries have an unintentionally disproportionate impact on local communities as a result of their activities.
We believe that if you are happy to enjoy the cause, then you should be willing to pay for the effect.
We believe that the introduction of a levy that can be applied to any commercial activity or industry whose activities have a disproportionate impact on local communities or services should be considered. Such levies can be used to improve communities and mitigate against the problems caused by anti-social behaviour.
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Meeting our maritime responsibilities
Scotland is a maritime nation with more than 6,000 miles of coastline used for leisure, business and commerce. Our seas cover a greater territorial area than all our land mass added together yet these go largely unpoliced.
A Scottish maritime police service would ensure we adhere to environmental legislation, discourage crime, protect our fisheries and provide reassurance to those using our waters for fun. We believe opportunities exist to share vessels and work with other agencies, protecting our coastline and preserving our maritime assets for future generations.