Neighbourhood policing guidelines

The College, working in collaboration with officers, senior leaders and researchers, has developed evidence based neighbourhood policing guidelines.

The Neighbourhood policing guidelines are available to download as a PDF. They include the chief officer's role, essential elements and guidance, underpinned by evidence, for each of the seven areas for effective neighbourhood policing:
  1. Engaging communities

  2. Solving problems

  3. Targeting activity

  4. Promoting the right culture

  5. Building analytical capability

  6. Developing officers, staff and volunteers

  7. Developing and sharing learning

Follow the links above to read more about each guideline and find advice and support to help you put the College's neighbourhood policing guidelines into practice.

Advice and support: putting guidelines into practice

This material provides frontline officers, staff and volunteers with information, practical advice and additional resources on how to put each of the guidelines into practice. Separate information is provided for supervisors and senior leaders.

Supporting material for frontline officers, staff and volunteers - for constables, PCSOs, analysts, specials and other volunteers who help deliver neighbourhood policing

Supporting material for supervisors - for sergeants and inspectors who supervise the delivery of neighbourhood policing

Supporting material for senior leaders - for the officers and staff (chief inspector and above) with strategic responsibilities for the delivery of neighbourhood policing

The material is largely based on learning from a review of the research evidence on implementing neighbourhood policing. Frontline officers and staff were also involved in their development.

The advice is not prescriptive and you should think about how it applies to your specific situation and what resources might be available locally.

The College of Policing is not responsible for linked content and force firewall blocks.

Case studies

The College has worked with forces across England and Wales to provide practical examples of each guideline and advice and support area. View case studies by guideline area.


POLKA provides a secure online community to connect with others working in neighbourhood policing.

Research evidence

Read the report Neighbourhood policing: impact and implementation - Summary findings from a rapid evidence assessment for a summary of the research evidence that has underpinned the development of the national guidelines on neighbourhood policing.

Public consultation

Although a limited consultation has taken place with forces and some partners, this is the first time the neighbourhood policing guidelines have been released to the wider public. A six week consultation period for the guidelines will take place from 29 June to 09 August 2018. The intention is to provide an opportunity for the public, forces and partners, to share their views on this piece of work, and we therefore encourage your feedback.

Please submit your comments by downloading the consultation feedback form and email to

The College of Policing may not be able to respond to individual feedback, however, all comments will be considered.

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