A natural experiment in neighbourhood policing

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A natural experiment in neighbourhood policing

This paper brings together key learning from the Police Foundation’s Police Effectiveness in a Changing World project which examined the challenges facing the police service in a changing world and the implications for policing practice in the second decade of the twenty first century.

Neighbourhood policing is widely considered to be the bedrock of policing in England and Wales, yet as forces have responded to changing demand and shrinking budgets, the form in which it is delivered has diversified and in some cases become diluted and diminished. In this paper we describe the implications of two starkly contrasting neighbourhood policing models for enabling the mode of police working that evidence shows to be most effective. Drawing on findings of our five-year Police Effectiveness in a Changing World project, we argue for the ongoing importance of a well informed and locally engaged, proactive, neighbourhood-level capability to tackle the new challenges and priorities confronting the police. We end by highlighting some of the key questions, including abut purpose and remit, resource allocation, service integration, workforce and support structures, which will need to be addressed in developing a new neighbourhood policing, capable of delivering the Policing Vision 2025 and fit for a changing world.