One of the main ways that the police service has attempted to ensure a good relationship with the public it serves has been through implementing ‘Neighbourhood Policing’ nationally in 2005. The implementation of Neighbourhood Policing was an attempt to bring together the previously implemented community-led policing, problem-oriented policing and intelligence- led policing. Key elements of neighbourhood policing included visibility and accessibility. It also uses community engagement and problem solving as a means of increasing the public confidence. The recent increase in the level of migration resulted in the need for new challenges and strategies in order to tackle the issues which arising within these newly formed communities. Mark Milsom, Assistant Chief Constable with West Yorkshire Police said that "newly formed communities are deemed to be a big challenge for the police in the UK and there needs to be a study into what would be the best strategies in ensuring confidence between the newly formed communities and the police."
The method of data collection in the first year of this research is based on the use of primary sources such as legislations and case studies as well as secondary sources such as books, journal articles and web resources. In the second year, the research will be empirical in nature, involving qualitative and quantitative research. The specific qualitative research which will be used in this research will be face-to-face interviews and survey questionnaires. Some areas of the Metropolitan Police Service will be used as case studies and further quantitative research will be used in gathering numerical data.