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Practice bank to share interventions for policing and crime reduction

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Use the new practice bank to find and share practice with organisations who are interested in crime reduction and criminal justice
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The practice bank is made up of interventions that have been implemented by crime reduction and community safety organisations, including police forces. The interventions have been used to address specific crime problems or organisational change.

The practice bank has been developed to:

  • share information about implementing these interventions
  • allow others to build on existing work
  • support innovation

Problem solving with the practice bank

The practice bank includes examples on homicide prevention, diversity and inclusion and violence against women and girls (VAWG). Filters can help identify possible initiatives to apply to your own area and each intervention is labelled as ‘worked’, ‘promising’, ‘new/innovative’ or ‘didn’t work’.

This is an opportunity for everyone working to reduce crime to share their practice in a central place. The Practice Bank will include examples and ideas from across the crime reduction sector and will also allow people to share and see practice which focuses on organisational change.  

The bank will include promising, new or original examples as well as practice that didn’t work so people can learn from each other and save time, money and better protect the public.

Rachel Tuffin, Director of What Works, diversity and inclusion portfolio and professional communities, College of Policing

Links to other practice sources

The practice bank includes examples linked to Smarter practice, HMICFRS inspection reports, the Tilley awards and STAR funded practices.

Smarter practice examples have been reviewed jointly by the College of Policing, His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), and are considered suitable for further testing. Our homicide prevention framework includes Smarter practice examples.

Sharing your ideas with peers

We encourage all organisations with an interest in policing and reducing crime to share examples of promising and new or innovative practice with us, as well as examples of interventions that didn’t work.

You can share a practice example easily by completing our online practice sharing form. Your intervention does not have to be evaluated yet.

Every day, police forces across the country are testing new ways of preventing and tackling crime and supporting victims. The new practice bank will act as a one-stop shop for police forces to learn from each other, while also making it easier for us to share the positive practice we find during our inspections. We urge all forces to play their part by sharing their experiences through the bank.

Andy Cooke QPM DL, His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

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