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Neighbourhood policing in a railway context National Community Safety Network 14 th conference June 10-11, 2009 Supt Paul Brogden (Crime and Neighbourhood Policing) British Transport Police Sue Nelson, Community Safety Partnerships Ltd Background

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Neighbourhood policing in a railway context

National Community Safety Network 14th conference

June 10-11, 2009

Supt Paul Brogden (Crime and Neighbourhood Policing)

British Transport Police

Sue Nelson, Community Safety Partnerships Ltd

background
Background
  • National police force for Britain’s railways
  • Safer station, safer journey philosophy
  • Working in partnership to build a safer railway environment free from disruption and fear of crime
  • 2,835 police officers and 1,455 support staff
  • Policing 6 million passenger journeys a day over 10,000 miles of track and at 2,500 stations
    • Also police
      • London Underground
      • Docklands Light Railway
      • Channel Tunnel Rail Link
      • Croydon Tramlink
  • Railway arches/land
btp area map
BTP Area map
  • 7 areas -
    • Scotland
    • North Western
    • North Eastern
    • Wales & Western
    • London North
    • London South
    • London & DLR
btp engagement structure
BTP engagement structure
  • Assistant Chief Constable Operations maintains Government Office (GO) overview and strategic input to industry
  • Area Commanders link with GO Regional Crime Directors, plus LSPs
  • Sector commanders link with CDRPs and local industry groups
  • Officers in Charge and NPTs link with ward teams, community forums and CDRP sub-groups
london north area
London North area
  • 678 staff
  • 19 train operating companies
  • 5 major London stations
    • Paddington, Euston, King’s Cross, St Pancras, Liverpool Street
  • 19 Met Police boroughs
  • 90 CDRPs
  • 52 LSPs
  • Olympics/Stratford
policing pledge
Policing Pledge
  • Neighbourhood policing teams now 72 in number and growing
  • Central to railway policing agenda
  • Agree local plans with partners
  • Sharing of crime mapping data
    • London borough hotspots
neighbourhood policing teams
Neighbourhood policing teams
  • Defined teams with geographic responsibilities
    • Station hubs and/or line of route
  • Core principles
    • Visibility (meaningful numbers)
    • Engagement (industry and public)
    • Reassurance – perceptions of safety
  • PACT meetings
  • KIN data
  • Problem Solving Plans
engagement challenges 1
Engagement challenges (1)
  • Stations are gateways into wider communities as well as gateway to railway
  • Railway often seen as background feature of communities where people live and work
    • Home Office force NPT versus BTP?
  • Railway is linear and passes through neighbourhoods each with own territorial resources
  • Transcend local authority and policing boundaries
  • Has to be relationship between railway and elsewhere if seamless service to communities is to be provided
engagement challenges 2
Engagement challenges (2)
  • Good relationships with industry partners
    • But how do we engage better with the wider community?
  • Reviewed activity
  • Set challenges around customer engagement
  • Assisted NPT sergeants in developing awareness of wider community
  • Highlight existing activity – SNTs etc.
findings
Findings
  • Industry engagement has to be be strong in the first place to develop relationships outside
  • Broaden geographic footprint beyond station/railway boundary
    • Our criminals are your criminals
  • Problem solving to root cause
  • Public want to engage!
case study euston npt
Case study:Euston NPT
  • Longer term problem-solving approach using variety of key stakeholders
    • Not just industry ones!
  • Clear understanding of wider community issues
    • Truancy patrols to tackle ASB at Euston
    • Prescription drug addicts
    • Shopwatch
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Police interaction

How important do you think it is for people in this station to know a local police officer

How well informed do you feel about what the BTP have been doing at this station

In the last 12 months have you…….

benefits to date 1
Benefits to date (1)
  • Industry engagement through PACT forums
  • Links outside
    • Joint operations with Safer Neighbourhood Teams
    • Dialogue with CDRPs and local authorities
    • Residents’ groups/community organisations
  • Teams are maturing and growing in confidence
    • More ambitious
    • Open to challenges
benefits 2
Benefits (2)
  • Crime on rail network fell by 4.5% in 2008/9
    • Reduced for fifth consecutive year
  • Robbery down 16%
  • Violent crime down 2%
  • BTP achieved 11 out of 11 of national operational targets
the future
The future
  • Increasing local engagement through community safety structures
  • Belief in neighbourhood policing reflected in the data
  • More neighbourhood policing teams being rolled out across the network
  • Neighbourhood policing is core to BTP activity
    • Affects general public, not just railway businesses, rail staff, rail users
questions contact details
QuestionsContact details
  • Supt Paul Brogden, British Transport Police
    • paul.brogden@btp.pnn.police.uk
    • 020 7391 8292
  • Sue Nelson, Community Safety Partnerships Ltd
    • suenelson@comsafetypartners.com
    • 01904 448 439