Warwickshire Police have been operating a new policing model since May 9 2011 in order to continue delivering the maximum possible protection to local communities within the resources the force has available. Warwickshire police delivers local policing, patrol and response and investigation through county-wide teams.
Moving away from the existing district based management the focus is on local policing with countywide support.
Neil Brunton, Assistant Chief Constable, Operations Directorate, explained, “The new policing model creates a more visible and responsive service with more officers on duty at any one time and neighbourhood officers dedicated to solving local issues.
“There is a better service for victims of crime with the introduction of dedicated investigators offering a professional service and conducting timely investigations.
“Those individuals who cause harm within communities arebe targeted using the Neighbourhood Protection Team officers who will support neighbourhood teams, focusing on and bringing to justice persistent offenders.
“The new model is a radical one which has the support of our workforce, the Police Authority, our partners and local communities. It offers the best protection with the resources available within Warwickshire Police.”
At a community level, policing continues to be provided by the existing 33 Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs). But the structure and the role of the SNTs has seen significant change with the local police teams no longer having responsibility to undertake criminal investigations, although they still investigate local issues such as anti-social behaviour.
The SNTs comprise of a police constable, who takes the role of Beat Manager, supported by a mix of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Special Constables and volunteers. They use their collective powers and skills to deal with community priorities and concerns, through community engagement and effective problem solving.
The SNT focus on providing a dedicated support and resolution role where the team, working with partner agencies and individuals within the community, identifying and solving issues and concerns that affect their neighbourhood. For example identifying and tackling those who are responsible for causing harm within their community through antisocial behaviour.
In order to develop and maintain a high degree of visibility and familiarity within the community, SNTs operate entirely within their respective neighbourhoods and will not be abstracted to deal with incidents elsewhere. The SNTs also provide the reassurance of a regular uniform presence within the local community.
Superintendent Martin McNevin, in charge of neighbourhood policing explained the reason behind the changes at local level, “It has been necessary to change the structure of neighbourhood policing in order to support efficiency savings, while maintaining an effective service to the public.
“Policing in Warwickshire continues to be delivered across the 33 neighbourhoods with a strong emphasis being placed on solving those problems that cause most concern to communities.
”We are committed to engaging with the public, listening to what people have to say and working with them to deal with their issues. This will be achieved with the support of volunteers and continued partnership working, with an overall aim of protecting people from harm.”
Supporting the Safer Neighbourhood Teams a Neighbourhood Protection Team (NPT) has been established to provide a dedicated countywide resource to deal with priority issues in neighbourhoods.
This team supports problem-solving plans and is instrumental in managing offenders who are believed to be active within communities. The NPT also forms part of the Enhanced Policing Initiative (EPI) that operates at weekends across many of the county’s town centres, where additional resources support regular patrols with the aim of reducing violent crime and dealing with other night time economy issues.
The NPT also includes Community Protection officers and staff who will deliver a countywide service for:
Also at countywide level the Incident Resolution Team provides the resources to respond and manage incidents of crime, disorder and road incidents throughout the force area.
Operating from four reporting bases across the county, they respond to and attend emergency and priority calls which are received within the Communications Centre at Leek Wootton.
In addition the patrol teams provide resources for the appointment system enabling members of the public to book an appointment to discuss non emergency or non priority issues with a police officer.
When not attending incidents or appointments the Incident Resolution Team undertakes regular police patrols, maintaining a visible presence within the communities and on the roads of Warwickshire.
Crime investigation is carried out by the Local Investigation Team (LIT) which provides a new CID comprising detectives, uniformed officers and police staff investigators. They have taken on the responsibility of all crimes that require investigation. This ensures dedicated and appropriately trained staff conduct all investigations.
All crimes continue to be recorded with the Force Crime Desk in order to ensure professional, accurate recording, evaluation, allocation and prioritisation of each incident.
The LIT also includes the provision of specialist units including Protecting Vulnerable People and the Sexual Offences Investigation Team.
In addition force level teams continue to be available where higher levels of investigation involving criminality across force or international boundaries are required.
The specialist support functions such as major crime investigation, serious organised crime taskforce and scientific support continue to operate as bespoke teams to deliver support at neighbourhood level.
Detective Superintendent Graeme Pallister, Head of Local Investigations, said, “These are challenging and at the same time exciting times. The Force has re-designed policing services to provide the maximum protection to the public within the budget available. Our approach to investigations is innovative and creates teams of dedicated staff for all levels of crime. Victims of crime will benefit from more efficient investigation and more direct feedback from investigators themselves. “
As part of the new policing model an eight-hour shift pattern will also be introduced on 9 May 2011.
The pattern support the delivery of the new policing model. It integrates a single shift pattern across the force - communications centre, neighbourhoods, patrol, custody, intelligence and investigation - thereby improving consistency in the delivery and the quality of services to the public.
More senior leaders work shifts, improving levels of leadership and supervision within the force. Also, three quarters, rather than half, of our workforce are on duty on any given day.