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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]27th March 2018 [comment]

The force has a comprehensive neighbourhood policing programme review underway called Project Genesis. At the time of effectiveness 2017 inspection there was clear evidence that force was reviewing its engagement, problem-solving, PCSO/SNT and prevention functions. Project Genesis is based, in part, on the successful evidence-based approach in place in Dorset Police. There is clear evidence that the project is suitably supported at force level by senior officers and investment contained within the medium term financial plan. Implementation of the recommendations from the review has begun with problem-solving workshops, NPT training, dedicated problem-solving professionals and increases in use of legal powers evident. Force was graded as good for Prevention in effectiveness 2017. There is sufficient evidence to confirm the force has met the requirements of this recommendation. Completed.

[/comment][/on][on]26th April 2018 [comment]

HMICFRS continues to monitor force progress with 'Project Genesis'.

[/comment][/on][on]18th December 2018 [comment]

I have discussed this recommendation and the work undertaken by the force in its respect with Chief of Staff Armstrong. I have monthly performance and review meetings scheduled with the force lead for neighbourhood policing and have recently (November 2018) undertaken reality testing across 6 different neighbourhood policing bases across the force area. The force has reviewed its neighbourhood policing services against the College of Policing guidelines and is pursuing alignment of its services (where required) through project Genesis. I conclude from the evidence provided by the force, my regular contact with the force lead and recent reality testing in neighbourhood policing teams, that the force has achieved the requirements of this recommendation.

[/comment][/on][on]2nd January 2019 [status]complete[/status][/on]