Targeting activity

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Making sure police activity is in the right areas to provide greater focus to community engagement, problem-solving, prevention and early intervention.

First published
Written by College of Policing
Neighbourhood policing

Targeting activity - guideline

Chief officers should ensure policing activities within neighbourhoods are targeted according to the needs of different communities, taking account of threat, risk, harm and vulnerability.

Essential elements include:

  • scanning and analysis that takes account of all relevant information (including public perceptions) in order to target people and places effectively
  • identifying what different communities need from neighbourhood policing (including reassurance and harm reduction)
  • identifying and prioritising those people, groups and places with the greatest needs
  • being clear about how police and partner responses are coordinated and target places, victims and offenders

Targeting activity should:

  • provide greater focus to community engagement, problem-solving, prevention and early intervention
  • inform resource deployment decisions
  • lead to a more coordinated response with partners and reduce demand
Empirical evidence
Good
Practitioner evidence
Available