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Community Policing

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to improve links between the police and community. (199835)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: On 31 March 2008 the Government announced that their commitment that there would be a Neighbourhood Policing Team in every area by 2008 has been met. For the first time ever, every household across England and Wales has access to a visible and dedicated police team to help solve local problems. Announced on the same day, the ‘Name in Every Neighbourhood’ campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of neighbourhood policing among the public and ensure they know how to find the contact details of their local team and know how to engage with them.

Neighbourhood policing teams focus on engaging with their local community and provide high visibility, reassurance policing in order to deal with the issues that matter most to the local community. Partnership working is a key element of neighbourhood policing and locally identified issues will be addressed by neighbourhood policing teams in partnership with other community safety partners.

The Government have committed to making consistent, monthly, local information on crime available throughout the country. This will include data on crime and community safety issues, such as information about what local agencies are doing to tackle their community safety priorities.

The Home Office is working with ACPO, APA and other stakeholders to identify how best this can be achieved.