These are my views and not that of “West Midlands Police”.
In my opinion we have come forward within community policing.
There have been lot of investment from our previous government and several
partnership Agencies. towards neighbourhood policing. Also induction of Police
Community Support Officers since 2002 by our previous Home Secretary Mr David
BLUNKETT has been great tool in building relationship and brining public
confidence . I feel as a serving PCSO community cohesion and public confidence
are strong and partner agencies are building closer working relationship with
police . But during this difficult times I do think Windsor and Hutton report
have knocked the moral within our police service lowest level and gone back to
the days when I joined West Midlands Police called Sheehy report was published.
I am disputing there is any beneficial reasons within this reports to improve police service. But at the same time the current Government and ACPO need to realise how far they can stretch the thin blue line within community policing. Only three months ago Paul WILSON ex superintendent with Metropolitan Police Service visited GAHANNA (West Africa) to advise and assist in building neighbourhood policing within GHANA Police Service. This is example how other nations are followings us with neighbourhood policing. I feel the way forward during this difficult times to keep neighbourhood policing. The best
option is to make PCSOs beat managers and make them single point of contact within neighbourhoods. There should be a police sergeant who in charge several neighbourhoods and to take the role of day-to-day supervision and overall an Inspector.
May I say similar programs are run by some smaller forces within England and
Wales. I feel police officers are should be deployed to response teams who
cover the neighbourhoods on 24 hour basis and take in charge of all
investigation side and be first point of contact to incidents. May be then hand
them to neighbourhood teams. To deal with all Intel lead operations from
neighbourhoods there is cid and other pro-active departments. I end by saying
neighbourhood policing is working do not destroy the hard work put in to this