The evaluation reported here is one of the most robust tests of a neighbourhood policing model ever completed and therefore marks a key step in building the evidence base. The results presented in the report show that the National Reassurance Policing Programme delivered positive changes in key outcome indicators, such as crime, perceptions of antisocial behaviour, feelings of safety after dark and public confidence in the police.
This type of policing seemed to have less impact on neighbours being prepared to intervene to prevent anti-social behaviour. The findings of this study show that the public not only notice increased police foot patrol, they also notice the efforts that the police put into engagement and the effects of properly targeted problem solving designed to reduce anti-social behaviour. All these elements appear key to a successful approach to neighbourhood policing.
This report will be of value both to practitioners and policy makers involved in the development and implementation of neighbourhood policing.