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UK : NPIA/ IDeA looking for European good practice in integrating neighbourhood policing and neighbourhood management.

Neighbourhood policing needs to be more closely integrated with neighbourhood management.

In the UK, “neighbourhood Policing is provided by teams of police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), and other police agents. It aims to provide people who live or work in a neighbourhood with: Access – to local policing services through a named point of contact, Influence – over policing priorities in their neighbourhood, Interventions – joint action with partners & the public, Answers – sustainable solutions & feedback on what is being done”(source NPIA)

 “Neighbourhood management is about improving the way key services are delivered, tailoring them to the needs and priorities in a defined neighbourhood. Working with a neighbourhood manager and team, it requires effective participation by local residents and organisations, and commitment from local service providers to work in partnership at the strategic and neighbourhood level” (source IDeA)

In order to progress this integration National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) have identified 12 ‘exemplar sites’ across the UK. The sites offer joint service delivery solutions in a range of formats, and cover a wide cross-section of the neighbourhood experience of England and Wales. These sites can demonstrate excellent practice in integrated service delivery at a local level.

In summary these exemplar sites develop their initiatives around:

  • joint service delivery solutions (multi – agency)
  • partnerships that includes consultation/participation/involvement of local residents and organisations
  • innovative public policy
  • often co-location of partner teams,
  • data sharing,
  • concrete partnership working,

The initiatives concentrate on one theme or more (young people, prostitution, Anti Social Behaviour, Roma community, emergency concerns, bridge building between communities).

The target area is usually focused on deprived or “challenging” areas, but not always, the initiative can be implemented at different levels: county, city, city borough or parish.
NPIA and IDeA are looking for similar initiatives run by European counterparts to showcase some of the work done in Europe at a conference in March 2010.

Please click here to download the application form, and return it to EFUS by 28th September 2009 !!
contact Mark BURTON-PAGE: burtonpage@urbansecurity.org