Home Office Research Report 62 provides findings from interviews held with community safety and criminal justice practitioners in 9 of the 60 local authority areas where Neighbourhood Crime and Justice co-ordinators were introduced.
The purpose of the study was to identify what benefits the Neighbourhood Crime and Justice co-ordinators had delivered, and what made the role effective.
In general, the research has suggested that the role was perceived as having a positive effect, with practitioners identifying a range of benefits of the role, though this was not a universal view. Whilst central funding for the role is no longer available, some partners suggested that the most useful aspects of the role could continue by being absorbed into other posts.
A number of recommendations emerge from the study, which may help to inform local areas and Police and Crime Commissioners on how best to set up an NCJ co-ordinator or a similar role to maximise its effectiveness.
This research relates to an initiative that was set up under the previous Government.