As police services attempt to maintain public confidence, Community Policing has undergone several iterations, with the result that it is no longer possible to clearly define. However 5 features of community policing have been reasonably consistent, Neighbourhood based, Reassurance, Engagement, Prevention, and Partnership. Communities have become more diverse with changing views of the police and an assertion of ethnic culture amongst the minority groups which together have implications for levels of trust in the police and compliance with the law.

Course rationale

Community Policing is often regarded as a luxury rather than core business function during funding crisis and is liable to be one of the first tasks to be sacrificed in favour those activities which are more easily measured signifying a retraction to reactive policing.  This retraction to reactive policing reduces accountability making it more difficult for police to understand their communities, react proactively to public concerns and assist with reducing/preventing crime.

The course addresses institutional, theoretical and legal issues relating to Community Policing, Community Crime reduction and, how or if the concept can be reconciled with the requirements of security policing and the PREVENT Strategy.  Practical policing experiences are used to explore if Community Policing is necessary for good policing by considering the value of community intelligence, and how police actions can influence levels of public trust and compliance with the law.

Course details

5 days
Any venue suitable for the client

Key Benefits

No specific requirements, delivery will be in English

Key Benefits

Students will:

  • Understand the reasons why it is important to engage with and consult local communities about community safety and crime reduction, and, why actions should be proportionate to the problem
  • Develop an awareness of how police action can influence levels of public trust and compliance with the law
  • Develop a capacity to evaluate issues and apply a problem solving approach
  • Recognise the importance to critically reflect on concepts, policies and practices and incorporate into work activities
  • Develop awareness of the importance of understanding the diversity amongst communities and to take account of this awareness in designing plans policies and activites