Thu. April 29, 16.00-17.00 (CET)
Registrations Closed. Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/RoRu5h7mzKU
Efective community engagement is critical to neighbourhood policing: it provides scope for officers and staff to establish collaborative relationships with citizens and partners, gain knowledge of a local area and address its security issues. Officers and staff often work within the same neighbourhood for several years. During this time, they build key connections in their community and acquire unique knowledge of the local area, its residents, its issues and dynamics. When neighbourhood officers and staff move to another post and leave their local area, this unique resource of knowledge and relationships leaves with them. At frontline level, turnover can compromise local knowledge and jeopardise trust relationships with citizens and partners.
Following an overview of neighbourhood policing within the wider UK context, this webinar will focus on the experience of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), one of the police organisations involved in the EU-funded Cutting Crime Impact (CCI).
As part of the CCI, GMP has worked on researching and developing an evidence-based Tool in neighbourhood policing, by adopting a human-centred design approach. This webinar will discuss the research carried out by GMP and it will present the "Community Connect" Tool, a handover protocol specifically designed for neighbourhood policing roles.
The webinar will also share insights gained through the CCI experience into the challenges police forces face in ensuring continuity of community engagement and maintaining long-term commitment to neighbourhood policing.
Dr Megan O’Neill is a Reader in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee and an Associate Director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR). Her work focuses on aspects of police culture, stop and search, community policing, public sector pluralisation in policing and surveillance practices of the state.
Dr Roberta Signori holds a PhD in Applied Sociology and Methodology of Social Research from the University of Milan-Bicocca, where she specialised in qualitative research methods. Her PhD research focussed on organisational changes in the surveillance regime in Italian prisons, and their impact on the wellbeing of prison officers.
Roberta Signori worked as a Researcher for the Directory of Social Change (DSC) in Liverpool, where she conducted bespoke research for UK charities seeking to demonstrate the impact of their projects and improve their services. She joined Greater Manchester Police in April 2019 as a CCI Research Fellow and since then she has worked full time on researching and developing an evidence-based toolkit in Community Policing, as part of the EU-funded Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) project.
Her research interests include law enforcement agencies, prisons and surveillance regimes, assessment and evaluation of social interventions, and crime prevention.