Find and share practice with organisations who are interested in crime reduction and criminal justice.
The practice bank is made up of shared interventions that have been implemented by crime reduction and community safety organisations, including policing. These have been used to address specific crime problems or organisational change.
You can use the practice bank to identify potential interventions for your own problem solving. Search for practices using the filters.
You can also share your own interventions to be considered for the practice bank.
Browse the practice bank
|Title||Does it work?||Focus||Topic||Organisation|
|Clear, hold, build||Promising||Prevention, Diversion||Anti-social behaviour, Child sexual exploitation and abuse, Community engagement, Crime prevention, Criminal justice, Drugs and alcohol, Intelligence and investigation, Neighbourhood crime, Violence (other)|
|Early advice protocol||Promising||Organisational||Child sexual exploitation and abuse, Violence against women and girls, Vulnerability and safeguarding|
|Echo – feedback from callers, victims, residents and employees||Untested – new or innovative||Organisational||Anti-social behaviour, Community engagement, Digital, Neighbourhood crime, Organisation including workforce|
|Forensic marking to deter repeat victimisation related to domestic abuse and sexual offences||Promising||Prevention, Reoffending||Offender management, Violence against women and girls, Vulnerability and safeguarding|
|Habitual knife carrier index||Untested – new or innovative||Prevention, Diversion||Crime prevention, Violence (other)|
|Homicide prevention rapid debrief process||Promising||Prevention||Crime prevention, Leadership, development and learning, Offender management, Violence against women and girls, Violence (other)|
|Inclusion moments – learning and conversations around diversity, equality and inclusion topics||Promising||Organisational||Diversity and inclusion, Ethics and values, Leadership, development and learning, Organisation including workforce|
|Initial visits to victims of non-recent child abuse||Untested – new or innovative||Reoffending||Child sexual exploitation and abuse, Criminal justice, Violence against women and girls, Vulnerability and safeguarding|
|Panic alarms for domestic abuse victims||Promising||Prevention||Crime prevention, Criminal justice, Intelligence and investigation, Leadership, development and learning, Operational policing, Violence against women and girls, Violence (other), Vulnerability and safeguarding|
|Positive Steps mentoring network||Promising||Organisational||Diversity and inclusion, Ethics and values, Leadership, development and learning, Organisation including workforce|
|Prevention First – training and guidance in prevention practice||Promising||Prevention, Organisational||Crime prevention, Operational policing, Organisation including workforce|
|Professional development and action learning sets (PeDALS)||Untested – new or innovative||Organisational||Diversity and inclusion, Leadership, development and learning|
|Prolific burglar intensive programme||Untested – new or innovative||Reoffending||Anti-social behaviour, Community engagement, Crime prevention, Criminal justice, Offender management, Operational policing|
|Railway Guardian safe rail travel app||Untested – new or innovative||Prevention||Violence against women and girls, Violence (other), Vulnerability and safeguarding|
|Reducing theft of catalytic converters||Promising||Prevention||Crime prevention, Intelligence and investigation, Neighbourhood crime, Operational policing|
|Roadside posters to improve driving||Promising||Prevention||Crime prevention|
|Safer Nights Out van – tackling vulnerability in the night-time economy||Untested – new or innovative||Prevention||Community engagement, Crime prevention, Drugs and alcohol, Operational policing, Violence against women and girls, Vulnerability and safeguarding|
|Survivor engagement – domestic and sexual abuse||Untested – new or innovative||Organisational||Criminal justice, Diversity and inclusion, Ethics and values, Leadership, development and learning, Operational policing, Violence against women and girls, Vulnerability and safeguarding|
|Using cyber volunteers to prevent online child victimisation||Promising||Prevention, Diversion||Anti-social behaviour, Child sexual exploitation and abuse, Community engagement, Crime prevention, Cybercrime including fraud, Digital, Vulnerability and safeguarding|
About linked practices
Some practice examples are linked to other sources. You can use the 'Linked to' filter to identify these groups of practice.
You can find practice:
- identified in inspection reports published by His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS)
- identified as Smarter practice that has been tried in a force and reviewed by the College of Policing, HMICFRS and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), and is considered suitable for further testing
- which has won a Tilley award for problem oriented projects that achieved measurable success in resolving issues faced by the police, partners and the community
- which received funding for local innovation across science, technology, analysis, and research (Police STAR Fund)
Sharing your practice
You can share your intervention with other organisations to help them tackle similar problems.
Anyone from organisations with an interest in community safety and reducing crime can share implemented practice including:
- promising practice
- new or innovative practice (untested)
- examples of interventions that didn’t work
Your intervention does not have to be evaluated but should include some learning that can be shared.
We may ask for some more information about your practice example before we publish it. If you share practice, we will contact you 12 months after adding it to the bank to ask for updates.