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Neighbourhood policing
We found that the police service is committed to stopping neighbourhood policing being eroded. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for neighbourhood policing, working with the College of Policing, is developing guidelines for neighbourhood policing called Modernising Neighbourhood Policing and supporting material.

The benefits of effective neighbourhood policing include:

 -a better flow of vital community intelligence, including matters relevant to national security;
 -promoting community safety and making people feel safer;
 -preventing crime and disorder;
 -protecting vulnerable people;
 -creating resilient communities less reliant on police support; and
 -enhancing police legitimacy so that forces are policing effectively by consent.

The guidelines will be issued by the end of March 2018. The NPCC lead is helping forces review the extent to which they meet the guidelines. We will assess how well forces are implementing the guidelines in the integrated PEEL assessment in 2018.

Recommendation 1

By October 2018, all forces should review their own approach to neighbourhood policing to check whether the service they provide to local communities meets these guidelines. As soon as possible, they should make any changes they need to implement the guidelines.

[on]22nd March 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]7th June 2018 [comment]

Following meeting in force on 21/05/2018, the force agreed to supply an update to this recommendation. (Pete Thomas IO)

[/comment][/on][on]16th July 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]16th July 2018 [comment]

The force has been subject to a neighbourhood policing peer review by the College of Policing (completed in December 2017). As a result of this review the force is now evaluating current processes and to adopt the 7 pillars of community policing (the guidelines developed by the college of policing).

[/comment][/on][on]21st December 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]21st December 2018 [comment]

This area is likely to be a central part of re-testing in IPA 2019. The force has recently changed leadership in this area, with a Supt previously employed at the College of Policing now leading the teams. The force are still rebuilding neighbourhood policing and the work relevant to this recommendation is ongoing. Re-inspection is the most appropriate option to explore this recommendation currently.

[/comment][/on][on]20th May 2019 [comment]

FLL update-confirmed this is to be tested in IPA 2018-19

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