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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]16th August 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]16th August 2018 [comment]

Action ongoing. In order to ensure that progress is made against recommendations, the constabulary has established a HMICFRS governance board, chaired by an ACC and attended by heads of department/portfolio leads who are accountable for progress of their actions plans. A full update on the progress of this recommendation will be provided in September 2018.

[/comment][/on][on]14th December 2018 [comment]

The constabulary has reviewed its approach to neighbourhood policing as part of its Core Services review and agreed a new resourcing model for neighbourhood policing which is being implemented. The changes to NPT in Core Services has followed the guidance and feedback from the CoP and Police Foundation i.e.where possible reduce the number of Hybrid NPT areas and allow officers and staff in NPT roles to concentrate their time on problem solving, engaging communities and targeted interventions rather than responding to calls for service. Lancashire Constabulary is one of the forces adopting the College of Policing Modernising Neighbourhood Policing guidelines. The constabulary has now completed a comprehensive Pre-Implementation Assessment benchmarking exercise against the 7 guidelines. The change project is managed by the head of local policing via the neighbourhood policing development board which also updates the internal HMICFRS board. the force is therefore compliant with the recommendation in terms of review. the effectiveness of the changes will be tested as part of the IPA inspection in June 2019. I therefore request that this recommendation be filed as complete.