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Category: Policing

The impact of a local community engagement intervention on residents’ fear of crime and perceptions of the police

This document is a summary of the findings of an independent evaluation of the work that MutualGain undertook with Durham Constabulary.  The findings can be downloaded via this link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3409ikpat35dw3n/AABO_CrWPXNMy0ZkNkMMB_WLa?dl=0 The full article citation is shown below, but essentially the article confirms the views of MutualGain that building social capital can have a positive impact on[…]

August 26th 2019
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Protecting Communities from Serious Crime

      Serious crime is an issue that blights many of our urban and rural communities.  Dealing in drugs, weapons, fake cigarettes and booze are all part of a growing concern within policing.  We have recently seen reports of gangs using children as young as seven to carry drugs for payment.  The term county[…]

August 26th 2019
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Great things don’t come from comfort zones!

    So exactly whose comfort zones am I talking about? Maybe I would be better to start at the beginning with my own. I am the internal verifier (IV) for MutualiLearn and recently verified the Group Leader marks for the modules of MutualiLearn that were undertaken by front line teams of a large UK[…]

August 26th 2019
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Capturing Thoughts About PCSOs and Engagement

  I am writing this blog for three reasons: The practice of PCSOs is changing and I don’t agree we are going in the right direction @GMHales recently tweeted about the role of PCSOs being about engagement and asked me to blog some initial thoughts I am regularly frustrated by the missed potential of the[…]

March 5th 2019
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Policing: Inspiration and Despair – knife crime is not our only problem

    I’ve been talking all things policing over the last couple of weeks with a broad variety of interested parties – whether it’s at the launch of the new Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, the findings from the Home Affairs Committee, or the Police Foundation Conference exploring innovation in policing. The dialogue I have[…]

November 20th 2018
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Modern Neighbourhood Policing – form or function?

Over the past few months I have shared a number of platforms with the College of Policing and the Police Foundation on the subject of Neighbourhood Policing. We agree on so much about the principles that underpin good neighbourhood policing, yet I would argue that ‘good’ cannot be achieved through function and structure alone. Effective,[…]

November 13th 2018
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Eureka!

Fourteen years I’ve been a police officer. Ask me why, and I’ll give you a rather mechanised response, “To help people”. And so will, no doubt, the majority if not all other police officers to who you pose this question. I didn’t join the police service to help people per se but it’s often a[…]

October 29th 2018
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Developing evidence based policing: Building social capital

Susan Ritchie examines the case for developing evidence based policing to increase community engagement whilst making best use of shrinking resources. This blog originally appeared on the Policing Insight site.  Evidence based policing is the order of the day for the government: PCCs and the Chief Constables are to ensure that public resources are allocated[…]

August 1st 2017