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Neighbourhood Watch

Dated: 21 February 2019

POLICY TITLE: Neighbourhood Watch

AUTHOR: Chief Inspector - Communities

CONTACT DETAILS: 101, Ext: 63751

EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete

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AIM OF POLICY: To provide a clear statement of support for Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) and its part in problem solving and Crime prevention.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: Encourage partnership working to reduce crime and disorder. Providing a structure for the flow of information between the police and NHW and improve liaison between the police and community.

REASON FOR POLICY: To support NHW schemes and build trust and confidence within communities.

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DESCRIPTION OF POLICY:

Northumbria Police is committed to preventing crime and disorder, providing reassurance to the community and improving the quality of life in the Force area. Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) has an important part to play in supporting those goals.

The use of a problem solving approach is a core element towards achieving the above aims.

Neighbourhood Watch has the potential to be an effective measure, supporting problem solving and the National Intelligence model.

Other benefits of NHW are:

  • Empowerment of the community
  • An effective structure for the two way flow of information between the police and communities
  • The creation of additional resources and reducing demand upon the police through a more knowledgeable, resilient community less likely to become victims of crime

The co-ordination of Neighbourhood Watch schemes and the release of personal data to those outside the organisation will undoubtedly engage Article 8 Human Rights Act 1998. In that regard Northumbria Police acknowledges its duty to support the rights of individuals to respect their private and family life. Any personal or non-personal data released must be in accordance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).
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SOURCE DOCUMENT: Home Office

GROUPS AFFECTED: The Public, Police Officers and Staff.

ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None

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