About Safer Neighbourhoods

PCSO engaging with local community

Safer Neighbourhoods Teams work with a wide range of people, communities and partners, to tackle and solve crime and anti-social behaviour issues that affect local communities.


Each ward has a Dedicated Ward Officer and Police Community Support Officer. There are additional officers who work flexibly across a larger area in support of the dedicated team, all supervised by a sergeant and inspector.

This enhanced team of officers are committed to the needs of a specific neighbourhood, with the policing priorities for that area decided in partnership with communities, crime and disorder reduction partnerships, local authorities and other local organisations.

This means local communities get a real say in deciding the priorities for the area in which they live, allowing the police to provide long-term solutions to local problems, while maintaining a focus on reducing crime.

Safer Neighbourhoods Teams work closely with other local and specialist teams to tackle local concerns and prevent crime.

We are making further improvements to how we do things, to make sure local officers are on duty and out in the communities when you want to see them.


On Monday, 23 February 2015 we published our review into neighbourhood policing, you can read the full report on our publications scheme page (see related links for details).