In early 2017 policing stood at the mid-point between two national visions for neighbourhood policing: those embodied by the Neighbourhood Policing Programme, which culminated in 2008, and the Policing Vision 2025, published in 2016. At present however, the picture regarding neighbourhood policing looks fragmented and opaque and is increasingly generating concern. In this paper we use the available secondary data to chart the divergent trajectories of neighbourhood policing in forces across England and Wales since 2008. We present a working ‘typology’ as a framework for understanding the range of strategies adopted in response to the changing resource, demand and political context during the period.
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