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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]14th May 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]14th May 2018 [comment]

I have requested an update from the force regarding this recommendation.

[/comment][/on][on]12th June 2018 [comment]

I am aware that this recommendation has been allocated to a strategic force lead (Supt Naughton) who is progressing force work in this area. I have requested a telephone meeting with Supt Naughton to understand the detail of this work.

[/comment][/on][on]7th August 2018 [comment]

FMS June 2018 (page 30) – In April 2018 the College of Policing issued new guidelines for the delivery of neighbourhood policing and a working group was convened consisting of 16 forces, of which Dorset is one. I will be reviewing progress made by the force in regard to this recommendation during my engagement visit in August 2018.

[/comment][/on][on]5th November 2018 [comment]

A comprehensive review of neighbourhood policing was undertaken in July 2018. The review and its findings are detailed in a Neighbourhood Policing paper which was presented to the force Operational Delivery Board on 12th July 2018. Twenty one recommendations, arising from the review, are being progressed with appropriate scrutiny and governance at senior officer level. One recommendation is to formally adopt and implement the College of Policing guiding principles for Modernising Neighbourhood Policing. I am satisfied, from the information that I have received and reviewed, that the force has reviewed neighbourhood policing in accordance with this recommendation. I have monthly review meetings diarised with the force neighbourhood policing lead to monitor progress against the recommendations made.

[/comment][/on][on]17th December 2018 [comment]

The force is progressing the implementation of 25 recommendations arising from an internal review of neighbourhood policing. Nine of the 25 recommendations have been completed to date. I am satisfied from the information provided and subsequently reviewed, that the force has comprehensively reviewed its neighbourhood policing service and is formally adopting the College of Policing guiding principles. Progress against the recommendations is tracked through a detailed action plan and scrutinised at senior officer level. There are defined timescales to meet the recommendations and I am satisfied that my monthly review meetings, with the head of neighbourhood policing, provide an appropriate forum to scrutinise progress. I therefore propose this recommendation as complete.

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