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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]4th April 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]4th April 2018 [comment]

Essex Police is in the process of reviewing the guidelines and assessing their position against them.

[/comment][/on][on]24th August 2018 [comment]

This recommendation will be reviewed and assessed post the force's integrated peel inspection in early September 2018.

[/comment][/on][on]11th February 2019 [comment]

The force has been working with NPCC project leads on this recommendation to ensure that the force is compliant with the guidelines. A review is ongoing and the product is expected early 2019. Upon receipt of this product a further review by HMICFRS will be undertaken.

[/comment][/on][on]4th June 2019 [comment]

As part of the implementation for the Modernising Neighbourhood Policing Guidelines, all forces had to complete a Readiness Assessment (attached). ESX assessed themselves to be green in most areas, amber in others and were only red in 2 areas of the category of Building Analytical Capacity.

Assessment of ESX with regards to the 6 strands of the programme is as follows:

  1. Engaging Communitiesi. ESX has a clearly defined engagement plan monitored by the Public Engagement Team that sits under the Public Engagement & Customer Services Department.ii. All districts have a minimum requirement for engagement activity and there are a number of strong examples such as, at a local level; “Coffee with Cops” and the highly effective Farm/ Rural Watch Meetings (75% of Essex being “rural”) and at a strategic level; the development of a Business Crime Board, chaired by the Chambers of Commerce, drawing together key businesses county-wide to tackle business crimeiii. There is a local Independent Advisory Group in each policing district (10) to assist with local issues and a Strategic IAG to look at county-wide issues. Standing agenda items for all IAGs include; hate crime, use of force and Stop and Search
  2. Solving Problemsi. This has been the focus of much activity for ESX across the last 2 years.ii. They have already deliver focussed SARA based problem solving training to specific teams such as our Community Policing Teams and have brought in Problem Solving experts to run masterclasses with both their own staff and partners, this has also included victims/ members of the public to provide a wider perspective (i.e.; involving landowners in the recent problem solving sessions to address hare coursing)iii. They are part of the development programme for the 7 forces Athena based Partner Problem Solving Solution (PPSS) which will enable police and partner agencies to resolve local and county-wide issuesiv. Whilst PPSS is being developed, ESX have introduced Go2, a website containing examples of Best/ Good Practice regarding problem solving, covering Kent and Essex Police and have recently expanded the ability to submit examples to partners via the Community Safety Hub Project. Partners (CSP Managers and staff) have now also been invited to join the evaluation panel for submissions
  3. Targeting Activityi. The Community Safety Hub Programme allows resources for all relevant partners to identify and address issues at a local level and combine resources (with a degree of central coordination) for county-wide activity (such as Op Sceptre/ Rogue Trader etc.)ii. The Public Satisfaction Survey allows Chief Officers to monitor how our communities view activity and identify areas of developing concern
  4. Promoting the right cultureConsistent messaging from the Chief Officer team down regarding engagement and the principles of the Code of Ethics has seen these principles embedded in local cultureThis is checked by the quarterly Public Satisfaction Survey and the level of complaints received
  5. Building analytical capabilityi. This is an area under development and will be monitored in future IPA inspections.ii. However targeted requests for specific, problem centred data complement regular performance updates which are being revised to meet “customer need” as part of an ongoing review of the force's analytical capability
  6. Developing Officers Staff and Volunteersi. Essex Police College ensure that all new officers, staff and volunteers are provided with inputs into• Community engagement • Partnership working • Prevention • Problem-solving • Procedural justice as part of their induction trainingii. CPD for established staff includes both local and national CBT packages via NCALT and a rigorous compliance procedureiii. The ESX volunteer programme is being cited at the conference as an example of Good Practice

This recommendation can be closed as complete.