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Community Policing

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recommended minimum number per ward is of participants in key individual networks. (179820)

[holding answer 17 January 2008]: Key individual networks (KINs) are intended as a mechanism for neighbourhood policing teams to canvass the opinions of the local public on a broad range of policing-related issues.

The KIN structure is flexible in nature; the minimum number of participants per ward or boundary in KINs is governed by the needs of the community that it serves. For example, the Metropolitan Police Service has identified its neighbourhoods based on existing ward boundaries. Other police forces have used different methodologies to identify their neighbourhoods such as discussions with local residents and partnerships, together with an analysis of local crime and demographic data.