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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]8th May 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]8th May 2018 [comment]

The force has introduced a new process and governance structure to manage HMICFRS recommendations. An initial meeting to discuss recommendations was held with WMD Force Liaison Officer Steve Barley and Sharanjit Dhillon on 26 April 2018. There is now a nominated owner (senior officer) for each recommendation, an action tracker system on Sharepoint where activity undertaken to address the recommendation is recorded and a scrutiny/sign off process that is led by chief officers.

The force has begun collating information from different sources about activity and actions taken to address recommendations and the process to summarise the force position for each one is underway. The HMICFRS Force Liaison Lead will work with the force to review activity to date, assess the current position for each recommendation and monitor progress through the new process. Recommendations will be submitted to the HMICFRS regional chief of staff for sign off when appropriate.

The nominated owner of this action is: TBC.

[/comment][/on][on]3rd July 2018 [comment]

Owner is Ch Insp Jason Anderson

[/comment][/on][on]9th July 2018 [comment]

8837 – Owner: CI Jason Anderson, Walsall NPU

The force position against the Modernising Neighbourhood Policing document is being reviewed by CI Jason Anderson. He is assessing the current force position, holding focus groups in different NPUs to arrive at a baseline assessment and will then make recommendations to the force exec team. The force response to this recommendation will be re-assessed as part of IPA 2018.

[/comment][/on][on]4th January 2019 [comment]

The force completed its review of its neighbourhood policing model, in line with the Modernising Neighbourhood Policing document, in October 2018. Since then, the findings of the review have been considered by WMP chief officers and a detailed 7 point plan has been created to deliver the following outcomes:

  1. Engaging Communities
  2. Solving Problems
  3. Targeting Activity
  4. Promoting the Right Culture
  5. Building Analytical Capability
  6. Developing Officers, Staff and Volunteers
  7. Developing and Sharing Learning

Each of the 7 work streams has a named owner with the strategic owners of the plan being CS Sally Bourner and ACC Sarah Boycott.

Delivery is scheduled in 3 phases over 2019 so that full implementation is intended to be achieved by the end of the year.

During the IPA inspection in November 2018 the force commitment to neighbourhood policing was visible in many ways. The WMP 2020 strategic change plan includes neighbourhood policing in the core elements of intervention and prevention and many examples of effective and meaningful community engagement, partnership working and positive outcomes were observed.

Having regard to the text of this recommendation I consider that it has been met and it can now be closed.

Peter Davies.040119.

[/comment][/on][on]4th January 2019 [status]complete[/status][/on]