"The power of the police comes from the common consent of the public."
Neighbourhood policing relies on consent, legitimacy and consistency.
Intensive Engagement is a package of tactical and strategic activities that have been proven to significantly improve neighbourhood policing.
There are over 100 different techniques for engaging with the community, including 'appreciative enquiry', 'positive deviance', 'participatory budgeting' and 'world cafe', to name some of the more fashionable. Each of them can be thought of as 'tools in the toolbox' of an effective neighbourhood police officer. But nobody, until now, has come up with the instruction manual on how to do 'community engagement' in a way that is consistent and repeatable, flexible to the local situation, and which has a measurable impact on police performance and legitimacy. None of these community engagement tools work, unless you have the frameworks and processes in place to receive the community information and sustain the engagement.
I have longstanding concerns that the bedrock of neighbourhood policing is being eroded.
A dedicated neighbourhood policing team in a local community is able to build trust and confidence in a much deeper way than response officers will ever be able to........Where the work of neighbourhood teams is inconsistent, unstructured or insufficiently supported, it leads to a patchy understanding of threat, harm and risk within communities. Without the intelligence provided by neighbourhood teams, forces cannot properly analyse and exploit data from other services.
State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2016
"The LISP approach to intensive engagement is the 'Haynes Manual' of community policing"
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