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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]25th May 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]21st June 2019 [comment]

In response to the NPCC guidelines issued in March 2018 the force reviewed its NBH policing position and published a revised and updated strategy in August 2018. This has since been complemented by the OIP (Organisational Improvement Plan) change programme that has reviewed the NPT structure, reshaped policing areas, moved resources and increased focus on key areas such as problem solving and local investigation skills. The DCC is leading on the improvement of problem solving skills in NPT teams and is part way through personally delivering a force wide training programme that is supported by an updated ICT platform for sharing good practice. The new structure is being implemented throughout 2019 and is part of a larger change programme of operational functions being coordinated by OIP. The IPA inspection of April/May 2019 found the force needed to be more consistent in its approach to community engagement to support effective NBH policing delivery. Whilst engagement is a core element of NPT work, it is not consistent or coordinated at local level across the force. The force responded positively to this finding, and included the same point in its FMS in June 2019. I am satisfied that improvement work around public engagement is being incorporated into wider changes and improvements to NPT delivery. This recommendation has been met and can be closed.

[/comment][/on][on]26th June 2019 [status]complete[/status][/on]