What is ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’ policing strategy?

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What is 'Safer Neighbourhoods' policing strategy?

The establishment of Safer Neighbourhoods teams marks a new era in policing. This means dedicated Ward policing (community policing ?). For the first time the Met is able to dedicate its officers to providing local solutions to local problems. Good Thinking!!!!!!

The police say; The public have told us they want police to tackle the things that make them feel unsafe: anti-social activities such as graffiti, abandoned cars, minor criminal damage and nuisance neighbours. These teams will allow us to do this and to provide the reassurance the public needs to go about their day-to-day business in safety and without fear.

http://www.met.police.uk/camden/

See CamStats for Nov Crime stats;
http://www.met.police.uk/camden/camstats/2004-5/11-04/WardBloomsbury.htm

http://www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods/

What is Intelligence-led policing and Safer Neighbourhoods Policing at a local level? A discussion article by Jim Murray.

It is generally accepted that effective policing must include partnership between the police and the community and this is one of the driving forces behind the Safer Neighbourhoods initiative.

Intelligence is the key.
The government and the police believe that the National Intelligence Model must drive the development of neighbourhood policing. This will use local information and intelligence to better target crime hotspots and bring more offenders to justice.

Neighbourhood policing requires a genuine partnership between local people, the government, the police service, police authorities, local councils and other partners responsible for community safety. Communities need to take a joint responsibility for reducing crime in their area.

However for this to be effective there must be an understanding of how that partnership works.  With the introduction of Safer Neighbourhoods as part of police strategy the community now has the opportunity to become pro-active, take a degree of responsibility and contribute towards the safety of their neighbourhood.

Safer Neighbourhoods will establish a ring-fenced team of officers for each Ward within the existing police sector structure. i.e. Camden will have 18 Safer Neighbourhoods (in geographic terms these equate with the 18 wards in Camden.  These will be managed within the existing 5 police sectors under the Sector Inspectors..

Policing has changed in recent times and they operate a policy of being pro-active rather than reactive to the concerns of the community, this being the driving force behind the Safer Neighbourhoods initiative.

Fundamental to the effectiveness of Safer Neighbourhoods is the understanding of Intelligence-led policing (ILP) that targets specific offenders rather than simply investigating crime.  In other words everything the police do will be intelligence led as opposed to event led so that police resources can be used to best effect.  Paramount to this process is the partnership between our police and each local Safer Neighbourhood area.

Key to community participation in Safer Neighbourhoods is;

• Know how to observe.
• Know what is suspicious.
• Know how to report.
• Know what to report.
• Know what happens next.

Camden Police say:
“Information from the public can often contribute to the intelligence picture. Even though that information may not always draw an immediate police response or reaction, it is fed into the intelligence process where it is assessed. This does not mean that police will not react immediately when crimes are being committed, but the level of response will be decided according to grading policy. Whilst possession of drugs is a criminal offence, police will often not send officers to individuals taking drugs. Police still respond to dealing of drugs. Police have been more successful in recent years gathering information on drug activity, establishing patterns, identifying offenders, then deciding when and how to act, rather than responding to each and every call. This is why information from the public is still very important and why suspicious activity should always be reported to us.”

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