Neighbourhood policing

Neighbourhood policing tackles the issues that are important to local residents. It's about making sure that the police, working with other agencies, provide the service that residents want.

Each neighbourhood, or group of neighbourhoods, has its own team made up of police officers, police community support officers or wardens whose entire focus is on that area.

What is a neighbourhood?

A neighbourhood is: "A geographic area defined through local agreement of police, partners and citizens and of a size and character that best serves the needs of the local community and permits effective delivery."

Neighbourhoods are assessed and categorised as:

  • Priority - areas of high crime and high social deprivation
  • Enhanced - moderate levels of crime and social deprivation
  • Capable - areas of low crime and low social deprivation

Neighbourhood policing teams may serve one or several neighbourhoods, depending on which category they fall in to.

Through consultation with the local community, each Neighbourhood has established a Neighbourhood Action Group (made up of representatives from the police, council and community) which meets every 4-8 weeks to discuss the top three concerns for that area (for example, anti-social behaviour and speeding).

Each Neighbourhood has a monthly update on activities in relation to their three priorities. These updates can be found on the Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Policing web pages, using the link below.

More about our Community Safety Partnership.