What does the evidence base in local policing tell us?

The College shares the best available evidence for local policing

Focusing neighbourhood resources on problem-solving to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour hotspots and prolific offenders can reduce crime

As the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, the College has shared the best available evidence for local policing and includes the effectiveness of visible police patrol, among other items.

Information from the centre helps officers and staff to make informed decisions, including the most effective approaches to help prevent crime.

College CEO Chief Constable Alex Marshall, said:  "The evidence base should be used when making decisions in local policing. Well focussed neighbourhood policing, with an emphasis on problem solving and a good use of hot spots, is an effective use of those local resources.

"We also know that many of the approaches in policing to tackling serious and organised crime and terrorism rely on the connection between the very local, to the national and the global.
"Therefore local policing is hugely important in maintaining that relationship with communities."

Mr Marshall added it was equally important to look at what does not work, as well as what works.

"Looking at what doesn't work, the idea of using traffic fines to fund police forces is an example of something we should not do.

"It can damage that trust and confidence that we built up with local communities and it goes against the evidence that tells us people respond well to fair justice and are more likely to comply with the law.

"Treating the people we serve and protect as an income stream is completely wrong and will prove counterproductive.

"The Police Executive Research Foundation in America gave a case study of what happens when you use the people you protect and serve to fund core policing.

"It reported on the Ferguson case and the terrible loss of trust and confidence with the local community through traffic violations being used to fund the police department."

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