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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]29th March 2019 [comment]

South Yorkshire Police has reviewed its approach to neighbourhood policing to check whether the service they provide to local communities meets the new guidelines. SYP was graded as GOOD for Prevention in our 2017 PEEL inspection, which focuses on neighbourhood policing. The force had placed officers back into neighbourhood policing at this time. During our 2018 insight work, we found that the force has progressed further since our last inspection and is pushing itself to excel in this area, acknowledging the benefits this will have on local communities and on the force’s own management of demand. Neighbourhood teams engage well with their local communities using a range of methods that make engaging with the police easier such as pop-up police stations and a recent trial of on-line PACT meetings to gain a better flow of information. Since the training of its own officers and staff, alongside partners, the force has further enhanced its structured approach to problem solving. We found some excellent examples of inherent local problems that were being addressed and having a positive local impact, informed by in-depth analysis of the problem, joint problem solving with partners, and good use of both police and partners powers to manage the problem. The force is aiming to embed this expected standard across its entire problem solving plans. The force is yet to fully understand the overall impact of its problem solving, and is developing an evaluation matrix that will assist them with an improved understanding. Neighbourhood teams are informed by comprehensive neighbourhood profiles, and have good knowledge of the most prolific, serious and dangerous offenders living in their areas. They are involved in lower level disruption activity and intelligence gathering. During our insight visit, neighbourhood officers were receiving training in the management of registered sex offenders at a local level.

The force has identified where it wants to progress further as part of its self assessment against the new guidelines and is progressing with this.