Liberal Democrat candidate for Aberdeenshire West Mike Rumbles is urging residents to take part in the Strategic Police Priorities survey being carried out by the Scottish Government.
The survey wants to hear what the public want to see from policing in their community following the centralisation of the force. Mike said:
"As I've been knocking on doors across the constituency people tell me their concerns about the lack of police on their streets and instances of vandalism and break-ins their areas.
"The centralisation of Police Scotland has led to the creation of a service which fails to meet the needs of people in Scotland. Communities need to feel there is a connection between them and their police service and thanks to the loss of local accountability, loss of public counters and community policing, residents are feeling the gap more than ever.
"People are telling us they want a return to local policing with local accountability. I would urge people to take part in the survey to send a message to the Scottish Government that their centralisation agenda has gone too far."
You can submit your ideas by heading to https://ideas.scotland.gov.uk/strategic-police-priorities. The review runs until the end of February 2016.