About Safer Neighbourhoods

PCSO engaging with local community

Safer Neighbourhoods is a truly local policing style: local people working with local police and partners to identify and tackle issues of concern in their neighbourhood.

Over the coming months we’ll be introducing a new policing model for London with neighbourhood policing teams at the centre - building on and enhancing the success of existing Safer Neighbourhoods teams. We are investing more officers into your neighbourhood policing teams that will be supported by flexible and dynamic response, investigative and specialist policing teams.

Safer Neighbourhoods teams are trained to communicate with a wide range of people, communities and partners, to tackle and solve community problems. Experience suggests these are most likely to be quality-of-life issues, such as anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, abandoned cars and graffiti.

Safer Neighbourhoods teams are dedicated to the needs of a specific neighbourhood, with the policing priorities for that area decided in partnership with local stakeholders - the public, crime and disorder reduction partnerships (CDRPs), local authorities and other local organisations.

The teams are permanent, not a 'quick fix' brought in to respond to local changes in crime and disorder. What's important and different about this neighbourhood policing model is the officers work at grass roots level in addition to London's other policing teams and specialist units.