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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]22nd August 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]22nd August 2018 [comment]

This recommendation has been allocated to the Suffolk Continuous Improvement Team to review by October 2018.

[/comment][/on][on]2nd May 2019 [comment]

The evaluation of the COP Guidelines has been completed and its suggested that Suffolk Neighbourhood Policing requires a strategic lead, and as part of this a Neighbourhood Policing and engagement Strategy. These have been drafted and are awaiting Chief Officer sign off. A Problem Oriented Policing Strategy will also be developed and the three strands will form an overarching County Policing Strategy for Suffolk. The three strands will be underpinned by three action plans with identified leads for each. There will also be a series of boards set up to provide accountability and audit and to ensure actions are being delivered as per the proposals.