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‘Citizens in Policing’ or ‘Policing in Citizenship?’

I’ve just seen a great question posed on Twitter about 'Citizens in Policing' by a Neighbourhood Police Team supervisor: ‘How do we obtain the feedback and ideas from a more cross representative cross section of our communities? Thoughts?’ Yes, lots of thoughts! For those of you who follow my blogs (see The Problem with PACT ) you’ll know my thoughts on how the current process of poli...
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Liberate your Inner Citizen – Step-by-step guide to Appreciative Inquiry

Are you in a position where you’re part of any kind of community engagement process, especially PACT (Police and Communities Together)? Are you tired of attending meetings where all that is discussed is what is ‘broken’ with demands for, ‘someone to do something about it?’ Do you wonder why your PACT and community meetings appear to generate actions for the police and other partner agencies ...
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Appreciative Inquiry – Changing Oxford’s Community Engagement

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Last year I started a pilot course alongside Oxford City Council, Oxford Police and Skills for Justice Awards for the ‘Problem Solving in Community Safety’ qualification. To achieve this award delegates need to complete a practical problem solving assignment based on the learning from the course. For many of the delegates this has involved running an appreciative inquiry. The overall ai...
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The problem with PACT

Police and Communities Together PACT
Have you ever run or been part of a Police and Communities Together ( PACT ) meeting? Where members of the community are invited to: ‘raise their community priorities or concerns;’ ‘receive crime prevention advice,’ and be updated as to what the police (mostly) and partners have been doing to address the priorities and concerns raised at the previous meeting. PACT tends to be called different t...
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Conference planning for a ‘Covert Appreciative Inquiry’

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In my last blog I took a rather irreverent (or maybe factual?) look at police conferences and their purpose. How for the most part they have a tendency to run by the same old rules and how generally, they serve only to impart knowledge, understanding and maybe consult to a lesser degree.   A couple of months ago I was presented with a conference challenge by Barnsley’s Community Saf...
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Police conference about ‘Something which is important’

  What’s your image of a police conference? Maybe you have been to one recently and have experienced an agenda something like this?       Conference about ‘Something Important’   Delegates arrive - and sit on tables where they know other people who they either work with or would like to work for. You don’t sit at the table at the front as the seats are r...
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Rough Sleeping – You won’t SARA your way out of this problem

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  The complex challenges of homelessness and rough sleeping have so far been met by many cities through a mixture of services (including the police) 'engaging' with the victims of this social problem to provide support. For those who fail to 'engage' with this support a contentious model of enforcement based on Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) is being considered. The use of a...
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Getting Upstream of ‘Troubled Families’

This presentation examines a number of demand issues for the police as they become more involved in the Troubled Families programme. Getting upstream of the problems families with troubles have without recognising the capability of community could lead to a stream becoming a demand induced dependency torrent. To get upstream and transform the river into a trickle will need you to ask three simple...
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Do Our Community Safety Partnerships Need a Re-boot?

Through a case study this presentation examines a number of place based issues for Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs). It identifies some of the implications for the community and CSPs when problems become 'invisible' to service providers and community members. It also asks the question, 'does Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 need a re-boot?' https://vimeo.com/147696088
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Introducing Community Problem Solving using Appreciative Inquiry

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Introducing Appreciative Inquiry - a powerful method of enabling service providers such as police and other community safety professionals to enable communities to focus their efforts on resolving local issues and problems based on what works and what is strong as opposed to what is broken and wrong. https://vimeo.com/147036475
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