Surrey Police recognise that maintaining confidence in local policing is essential. Research has shown that this happens best where the police understand the issues that affect the community and where they are doing something about those issues. Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is a key part in this process.
With the introduction of the Policing in Your Neighbourhood (PiYN) model, Surrey Police has revisited its procedures for community engagement and attendance at local meetings to ensure it makes best use of its limited resources. The Force is committed to attending Neighbourhood Watch meetings where there is a specific policing purpose. This might be where there is a repeat issue or where a problem is disproportionately affecting part of a community. In these cases, a member of the Force will attend to set out plans to reduce the impact or fear of crime. The Force cannot, however, attend such meetings purely to deliver statistical or performance reports which can be accessed easily through other means such as online.
Under the PiYN structure, every borough has a Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) which works with partners such as hospitals and councils to make communities safer. They focus on solving the chronic local issues that cause the greatest risk and harm and concern to local residents. Every neighbourhood will also have a named individual (PCSO) as a point of contact. This team will ensure that NHW volunteers are provided with policing or crime prevention information. The implementation in the coming months of a new community messaging system, jointly with Sussex, will serve to improve communication with NHW.