The Met Police’s http://content.met.police.uk/Site/saferneighbourhoods Safer Neighbourhoods programme is focused on local policing, with officers working with residents to identify and tackle issues of concern locally. It means that wards each have a named police officer and police community support officer (PCSO), supported by additional officers who work across wards. In addition to focusing on crime reduction, officers also have a role to improve community relations more generally.
The Safer Neighbourhoods programme is also intended to give local communities a meaningful say in deciding policing priorities in their area. Teams are often based at local police stations, but some work from kiosks, partnership offices, schools and hospitals.
What do you think of the job police are doing in your local area and how could it be improved? How important is it to see police officers and PCSOs in your neighbourhood? What does neighbourhood policing mean to you?