Northumbria launch new neighbourhood model

29 Jun 2016 14:45 PM

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Northumbria Police has made changes to their neighbourhood model to protect frontline officers.

Today the Force is merging some of our local neighbourhood policing teams to ensure a more co-ordinated approach to policing.

No cuts will be made to the number of constables or CSOs in those teams and the public’s local police officers won’t change.

The new model will protect the future of neighbourhood policing in Northumbria and ensure the public receive an outstanding service.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell said the changes will protect frontline officers.

She said: "These changes support our vision that Northumbria Police will be outstanding in the service we provide.

"We firmly believe that neighbourhood policing is at the forefront of that and that is why we have made changes to protect front line officers.

"The Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner also want to make sure we have a co-ordinated and effective approach to safeguarding vulnerable people.

"Our Neighbourhood Policing teams are part of that process and will work to ensure vulnerable people are identified at the earliest possible stage.

"Some of our neighbourhood officers have already moved buildings closer to the hearts of their communities and we want to maintain that connection with the public.

"We have a lot to be proud of in Northumbria and we want to make sure the people we serve are proud of the work we do too."

The new model will focus on ‘Four Pillars of Neighbourhood Policing’ that will inform each and every decision made by our local officers.

- Safeguarding – work to ensure vulnerable people are identified at the earliest possible stage

- Targeted Crime Prevention – offer advice and support to our local communities to prevent them from falling victims to crime

- Collaborative Problem Solving – working closely with partners to ensure the public receive the best possible service

- Engagement – engage with our local communities to maintain public confidence in the police

Neighbourhood officers will continue to work closely with colleagues in departments across the force as well as partners to deliver the best possible service.

Assistant Chief Constable Farrell added: "All our neighbourhood officers will use these four pillars to inform all of their decisions.

"Protecting vulnerable people is a priority for the Force and the relationships we have with our local communities are vital to identifying those who need our help.

"These changes have been introduced to protect neighbourhood policing in Northumbria but also to ensure a more co-ordinated approach across all of our departments."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: "Neighbourhood policing has always been one of my main priorities, despite budget reductions we have maintained this vital area of policing.

"These changes further enhance our neighbourhood policing teams, ensuring our officers are accessible and continue to deliver a first class policing service to all our communities."

If you want to see who your local neighbourhood police officer is then visit our website and click on the Your Neighbourhoods link.