20 July 2017

Neighbourhood policing: Call for practice

Are you a police officer involved in neighbourhood policing? Or a practitioner with expert knowledge of the skills needed to deliver effective community engagement? We need your help…

​In response to the HMIC (2016) Peel: Police Effectiveness report, the College of Policing is developing guidelines on the effective elements of neighbourhood policing. These will primarily be aimed at frontline practitioners who deliver neighbourhood policing and those responsible for setting the strategy for neighbourhood policing or supporting its implementation and delivery (e.g. analysts, trainers, supervisors and senior leaders). The guidelines may also be of relevance to local authorities and other statutory partners as well as voluntary organisations and local community groups who support community safety.

To create guidelines based on the best available evidence, we are working with a committee of subject matter, practice experts and academics chaired by DCC Gavin Stephens (National Policing Lead for Neighbourhood Policing). A phased approach is adopted which involves rapid evidence assessments, call for practice and consensus building. As the project progresses, further information and access to all of the project documentation will be published on the APP website.

What are we looking for?

As well as systematically reviewing existing research evidence, we are looking for examples of police and partner practice, training, or ongoing research specifically related to: traditional problem solving approaches to crime prevention

  • effective multi-agency approaches
  • building community trust/cooperation generating intelligence
  • reaching hard to hear groups
  • using social media/digital engagement
  • identifying community concerns
  • building community capacity/resilience
  • encouraging community involvement in problem solving and cohesion.

We are particularly interested in approaches connected to:

    • vulnerability including
    • domestic violence
    • child sexual exploitation
    • missing persons
    • mental health
    • serious and organised crime
    • violent extremism .

Given the effects of austerity we are also interested in examples of partnership work that is successful in areas such as:

  • early intervention
  • place based delivery
  • mobilising voluntary sector support.

Relevant material/projects need to be specific to the topic area and could be:

    • an intervention
    • a policing or partnership initiative or project
    • a problem solving technique that has been applied to a local policing issue
    • a summary of local practice
    • an evaluation summary of an established policing method
    • a training course or continuing professional development initiative.

Why share details of your practice?

Sharing your practice will:

  • support the development of evidence-based authorised professional practice guidelines
  • ensure that we are aware of practice evaluations, current or past.

We welcome submission of any supporting documents such as business plans, implementation plans, demand models, post-implementation reviews and evaluations. Please forward these to Neighbourhoodpolicing.guidance@college.pnn.police.uk , together with a completed practice form.

If you have any queries contact neighbourhoodpolicing@college.pnn.police.uk and a member of the development team will be happy to help.

Closing date is 1st September 2017 – Thank you for your support