Journal Article

The Hammersmith Initiative: An Example of How to Impact and Improve Public Confidence in Policing

Ubaid-ul Rehman

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 3, issue 4, pages 310-317
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online October 2009 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pap040
The Hammersmith Initiative: An Example of How to Impact and Improve Public Confidence in Policing

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At a time when the Green Paper has called on all police services to improve public confidence in policing, this paper will evidence how this target can be practically achieved. This paper outlines a research evaluation, the Hammersmith Initiative. Established in 2007, this initiative delivered two Safer Neighbourhoods (SN) teams in two wards of West London to operate 24 hours, seven days a week, for two years. The research shows that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) delivered a service designed for, and around, local people and their concerns of crime and disorder, positively addressing local concerns around crime and disorder, while significantly improving public confidence in policing. The paper concludes by discussing what lessons may be gleaned for achieving an improvement in people's confidence in policing.

Journal Article.  4575 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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