Journal Article

Whatever Happened to Reassurance Policing?

Andrew Millie

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 4, issue 3, pages 225-232
Published in print August 2010 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online June 2010 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Whatever Happened to Reassurance Policing?

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Reassurance policing was trialled in England from 2002 to 2005, emphasizing police visibility and public consultation on locally identified priorities. In this article, I ask ‘whatever happened to reassurance policing?’ This may seem a strange question to ask. With the expansion of neighbourhood and citizen-focused policing, the policing pledge, and a single public confidence performance target, reassurance policing seems to be alive and well. However, by focusing on four early intentions for a reassurance approach, I question this assumption. Reassurance is found to be a part of British policing, but it could be much more. Contemporary examples where policing could (and perhaps should) be more reassuring are provided.

Journal Article.  4351 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Policing

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