There are over 100 different techniques for engaging with the community. Each of them can be thought of as 'tools in the toolbox' of an effective neighbourhood police officer. But nobody, until now, has come up with the instruction manual on how to do 'community engagement' in a way that is consistent and repeatable, flexible to the local situation, and which has a measurable impact on police performance and legitimacy.
The LISP approach to intensive engagement with citizens in policing can be said to be the 'Haynes Manual 'of community policing
Intensive Engagement doesn't do community engagement 'for you'. The Intensive Engagement toolkit develops the capacity of police forces to implement and sustain community involvement in neighbourhood policing.
LISP goes strategic.
Over the last few years, the Intensive Engagement toolkit for effective neighbourhood has focussed on developing the skills of the PCSO and neighbourhood teams. Now, we have developed a toolbox for senior officers responsible for developing answers to very complex community crime problems. The Strategising Intensive Engagement approach complements and enhances the current work of neighbourhood teams. Find out more here.
Here are links to news coverage of projects and initiatives covered in the LISP project:
13th June 2016: Intensive Engagement goes strategic: A lot of the Intensive Community Engagement work we have been doing over the last few years has been at a neighbourhood and PCSO level. In a new shift, we have devised a tool for developing a command strategy for intensive community engagement. Here are more details.
22nd June 2015. The LISP project extends to Thames Valley Police. Look out for more material soon
Why we think that Intensive Engagement using LISP works
29th January 2015, LISP is reviewed in National College of Policing Report. Why the Clutch is Slipping: Developing clarity, capacity and culture for Citizen and Community Engagement
4th December 2014 LISP is featured in "Building a Community Executive feature" In Police Professional http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=20015
17 October 2014: buy you own copy of the LISP Toolkit here , this is a non-profit publication
18 Sept 2014: LISP toolkit published on Amazon.co.uk and in print-on-demand hard copy at Lulu.com
July 2014: Reform thinktank Report on The Expert Citizen
College of Policing Project entry
6th Feb 2014: Minister for Police comes to Northampton
Local solutions to crime problems created using University project
Northamptonshire PCC admits ‘people won’t feel safer by the police telling them they are’ in strategy forum speech
Catalytic converters worth £1,000 stolen by criminal gang travelling through Northamptonshire
Asian community on patrol for gold raiders
Volunteers help clear area around Northampton church
Making Community Policing More Wicked
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The objective of the toolkit is to equip PCSOs and members of the public to work together towards mutual solutions, the ‘co-production’ of community safety. It is not a process owned by the Police, but rather a way for the Police to help organise other stakeholders to help achieve their goals. It is built around a core strategy of 'rich picturing', which allows communities of which PCSOs are a part to explore how each other perceive a community problem and develop joint solutions for the challenges neighbourhoods experience