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Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Community Engagement and Consultation Strategy 2014 - 2015

This is the first joint Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Community Engagement and Consultation Strategy. This document explains our approach, activity to date and what you can expect from us. The delivery of this strategy will contribute to the joint forces' vision of protecting people from harm.

Following the alliance of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police forces, a Joint Consultation and Engagement Strategy has been developed. The delivery of this strategy will contribute to the forces' joint vision of protecting people from harm and will do this through a focus on:

  • Priority People
  • Priority Places
  • Priority Problems

This approach will assist the force in targeting the people and places which are most at risk of, or are experiencing, the most harm and the crime and anti-social behaviour issues which are having the most damaging effect on communities. Internal and external research has shown that effective consultation and engagement can reduce community harm:

  • Consultation and engagement is necessary in order to identify community issues.
  • Addressing these issues through problem solving activities delivers improvements in feelings of safety, perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour and reductions in the impact that crime and anti-social behaviour has on communities.
  • Carrying out targeted engagement as part of the problem solving activities ensures that the problem is fully understood whilst also delivering a visible policing presence. Alongside effective communication, this delivers public confidence.

Consultation and engagement activities will be delivered through two strands:

The information gained from proactive strategic consultation and engagement (including through the delivery of statutory victim of crime surveys, the non-mandatory Crime and Safety Survey (C&SS) and online consultation) informs the identification of our Priority People, Places and Problems. The results of the C&SS are also used tactically within our high demand areas to identify problems (resulting in the production of Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) Profiles) at a Safer Neighbourhood Area level. This can then be used to inform problem-oriented tactical consultation which is focused on finding solutions to local concerns or problems. In addition, results of the C&SS enable our measures of harm (including public confidence) to be tracked over time.

Consultation and engagement activities aimed at tackling local concerns/problems will result in a better level of understanding regarding an identified priority place, problem or group of people within a Safer Neighbourhood Area. In the high demand Safer Neighbourhood Areas, these activities are informed by the development of a POP profile.

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