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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]5th June 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]5th June 2018 [comment]

The force is currently reviewing its approach to neighbourhood policing.

[/comment][/on][on]20th December 2018 [comment]

The constabulary has completed a full evaluation and review of its neighbourhood policing service and made significant changes, which include the establishment of a further 5 Local Focus hubs, which are multi agency early intervention and problem solving teams. The force has revised its governance processes and is developing a performance framework to monitor the effectiveness of the changes. The majority of the changes have been implemented and the force has a plan to complete the changes in line with relevant HR and equality policies asap. I therefore request that this recommendation be shown as complete. The effectiveness of the changes will be inspected as part of our 2019 IPA.