Neighbourhood Policing

Charles Walker asks the Home Secretary what steps he is taking to promote neighbourhood policing.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to promote neighbourhood policing; and if he will make a statement. [26403]

Hazel Blears: The Government are committed to every area in England and Wales benefiting from dedicated, visible, accessible and responsive neighbourhood policing teams by 2008. A key aim of these teams will be to build more effective engagement with the public, and for the public to know who their local police officer is and how to contact them.

The Government are working closely with the Police Service to develop neighbourhood policing, initially within 43 pathfinder areas-one per force in England and Wales. The Neighbourhood Policing Fund will support the recruitment of Community Support Officers-we expect their numbers to reach 24,000 by 2008. To support this the Home Office and the Association of Police Authorities convened the National Practitioner Panel for Community Engagement in Policing.

The panel has created a Guide to Community Engagement which is a resource for all policing practitioners.


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