The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is Scotland's sole prosecution service. We receive reports about crimes from the police and other reporting agencies and decide what action to take in the public interest, including whether to prosecute. We also look into deaths that need further explanation and investigate allegations of criminal conduct against police officers.
This Strategic Plan describes what we aim to deliver over the period 2015-2018 and the underlying priorities. These are set against the backdrop of legal reforms, both past and planned, changes in the patterns of criminal behaviour and developments in our business practices. And, in particular, the ever increasing use of technology and moving towards more functional working, with increasing use of specialists for particular types of cases.
Our purpose is to secure justice for the people of Scotland. We are committed to playing our part in making Scotland a safer place to live and we will demonstrate that by prosecuting crime independently and impartially in the public interest.
We will continue to work with other parts of the criminal justice system to develop ever more productive working arrangements, performing a key role in the implementation of the various reforms to criminal law and procedure underway and planned in the years ahead, especially improving the quality of justice for victims and witnesses.
And we want to ensure our staff are properly equipped to cope with the challenges ahead and remain skilled, motivated and engaged. To that end, improved leadership and management training, together with training in technical skills, form major strands of our people strategy.
Each element of this Strategic Plan is designed to support our purpose to secure justice for the people of Scotland and I am confident that, by working together, we will do so.