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'Nice to do' and essential: improving neighbourhood policing in an English police force

Foster, Janet and Jones, Claire (2010) 'Nice to do' and essential: improving neighbourhood policing in an English police force. Policing, 4 (4). pp. 395-402. ISSN 1752-4512

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Identification Number: 10.1093/police/paq040


In this paper, we outline findings from an innovative action research project in an English police force that aimed to enhance community engagement in four neighbourhood policing teams. We describe the principles that lie at the heart of neighbourhood policing and how, for a variety of reasons, these were often seen to be peripheral rather than essential to the teams’ activities. We describe how a lack of understanding about the role of neighbourhood policing, limited knowledge about communities and their differing needs, narrow methods of engagement and consultation, as well as the perception that community engagement was ‘nice to do but not essential’ all reduced the potential benefits of neighbourhood policing. We then discuss the ways we sought to tackle these issues using action research.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2010 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2011 15:14
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:08

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