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Police: Public Places

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on improving the visibility of the police in public places. (198574)

As the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Association of Police Authorities (APA) have announced, from 1 April 2008 every area in England and Wales has a dedicated neighbourhood policing team providing an accessible and visible police presence in local communities.

This marks a new era in policing where neighbourhood policing teams work with communities to agree local priorities for action, such as anti-social behaviour, and solve local problems. Teams will be contactable by phone, through community meetings or by accessing their details through a new website.

The Home Office has worked closely with ACPO and the wider police service, and partners, to deliver neighbourhood policing, and will continue to do so in order to embed this style of policing into everyday policing activity.