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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]11th December 2018 [comment]

Gloucestershire Constabulary has reviewed its approach to neighbourhood policing and has checked that service they provide to local communities meets the national guidelines. This was reviewed in the 2018 effectiveness inspection. The force’s neighbourhood policing model, which was introduced in January 2018, provides effective crime prevention services to the public. Dedicated neighbourhood policing teams consist of officers and police and community support officers (PCSOs) who are assigned to communities and focus on local problems. Neighbourhood staff are proactive in their communities and concentrate on preventing crime and anti-social behaviour from happening rather than reacting when it occurs. The force has established a dedicated community harm reduction team (CHRT) that is focused entirely on prevention and early intervention. The team is responsible for developing the force’s approach to reducing the threat of harm to local communities, to achieve reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour. Officers and staff are given sufficient time, support and training to work effectively with communities. Training includes problem-solving methods, sessions which share the knowledge of what works discussion forums and one to one meetings with supervisors which reinforce learning amongst practitioners. Fortnightly neighbourhood tasking & coordination meetings direct the activity of Cadets, Special Constables, and other volunteers to ensure their time is used effectively in addressing local issues.

[/comment][/on][on]19th June 2019 [status]complete[/status][/on]