“The money has run out - we are
going to have to use our brains…..”
Intensive Engagement - Smart Policing
Supt Richard James/ Tim Curtis University of Northampton
Creating evidence during policing:
community and problem centred
Unpacking what the LISPing
strategy is about.
Why do things have to change?
– impact on public sector
– impact on police resource levels
• Diverse communities, diverse needs
• Recognition of individual responsibility and local accountability (localism)
• Force Priorities- pressing performance targets- (same problems in the
same places?) – long-term sustainability of progress made so far
• Safest Place in the England our aspiration
• Community Engagement- fundamental part of Policing Plan
• Need to develop and deliver Evidence based policing
We need to do some ‘step-changing’ rather than talk about it….
Creating cohesion to prevent crime
• Community cohesion is understood to reduce
the conditions for crime
• Crime vulnerable communities are often
fragmented and distanced from Policing
• Crime vulnerability is multi-faceted and
• Intelligence and resilience has to be created
rather than expected
Community Engagement is woolly?
• Short-term events with little lasting effect
• Scatter-gun approach, thinly spread
• The wrong people attend open days and
• Information provision rather than
• Solutions looking for a problem
Strategically focussed IE
• Areas known to be vulnerable (Jill Dando
• Greatest contribution to Police statistics
• Long-term issue that resists improvement
• Lots of potential stakeholders
Evidence led Policing
• Research and large scale studies are slow
• Need short-term, ‘good enough’ evidence
for small locations & populations
• Need new data- existing data is not good
• Need to capture the evidence produced
Enriching the Data
• Understanding perspectives of the
• Investigating links with other issues
• Exploring solutions
• Developing a sustainable plan
• Getting others (citizens, community
groups and agencies) to support and
secure the Police investment
• Do with, not do to
• Recognise capabilities & assets
• Securing community investment
STREET DRINKING LISP
PCSO 7175 Tammy
PCSO 7016 Naomi
Justification for LISP
• We identified issues around street dinking and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in
highlighted areas of the Central Sector, the main hot spot areas identified were:
• Holy Sepulchre Church Yard
• Outside Oasis House in Northampton
• These areas have been identified through different organisations and businesses
on Central Sector
• This issue has been ongoing for a significant period of time. We have tried
numerous Police led operations over the years to reduce the issues; we found that
utilising the LISP process and taking a different approach to reducing the issues
would be beneficial for the community.
Community Assets and
The demographics of the area of The Mounts is predominantly Asian, English and
Eastern European nationals, the area in which the LISP process is being conducted is
made up of mainly businesses and some residential.
The Holy Sepulchre Church is the main hot spot for the Anti-Social Street Drinking
which is surrounded by the businesses and residential blocks of flats.
The church users and the nursery within the church grounds, along with the local
businesses on Bailiff Street, Campbell Street and Sheep Street and residents within
Latymer Court are all subject to the Anti-Social behaviour.
Assets – the assets within the location are the key stakeholders who show a
keenness for making changes to the area and hold the responsibility to the solution
for the street drinking LISP.
Vulnerabilities – the vulnerabilities within the location are members of the public,
school children that use the area as a route home from school, elderly people from
the residential home on Bailiff Street and other businesses that are located on and
around Bailiff Street, Ash Street, Sheep Street and Campbell Street.
Who shares the problem and
how can they be connected?
Identifying who was involved was the easy part to our LISPing process, businesses, agencies,
residents and general members of the public all share the problem we are trying to LISP.
The issues were identified by the local police organising group meetings to discuss the issues within
the locality. We found at this stage, that it was important to approach the subject of responsibility
sensitively because it is essential within the LISP process for members of the community to actively
take ownership of the issues that affect their community.
The overall outcome of the meeting, resulted in businesses, residents and partner agencies wanting
to work together to reduce the issues.
The positive working relationship between community members and the continued support from
key stakeholders, community members and partner agencies has been the key to our success.
Those who share the common issue and who are willing to actively take ownership of the solution
are now connected. There is a common theme of keenness, enthusiasm and responsibility within
the working group.
Our key stakeholders are -
The Hope Centre
Northampton Borough Council
Church Officials from The Holy Sepulchre Church
Forming a Working Group
Staff and customers of Northampton Association for the Accommodation of
Single Homeless (NAASH) teamed up with Northamptonshire Police and
volunteers from Nationwide Building Society to clear up the grounds of a
church in the town
A group of 20 volunteers cleared up the area around the Holy Sepulchre
Church in Sheep Street, Northampton on Wednesday, July 17.
The event is part of an initiative to stop street drinking, especially in Holy
Sepulchre area, clean up the mess made by drinkers and make the area a
more attractive space.
NAASH also manned stands at an event in the Market Square last week as
part of the Killing With Kindness initiative, run by Northampton Borough
The initiative is to raise awareness about why people should not give
money to homeless people on the streets as it can be more dangerous for
their health, as they may spend it on drugs or alcohol rather than food.
The event promoted other ways to support homeless people in the town.
Community Day of Action
Solution Rich Picture &
Anti-Social street drinking LISP process 31-MAY-2013 to present day
• It is important to organise a working group that consists of keen and enthusiastic
people willing to make changes to their community
• The LISP process is still ongoing at this time, with links to partner agencies and
Northamptonshire Police the working group are taking ownership of the solution.
• In order to keep the area clean, tidy and free from Anti-Social Street drinking and
drug use, external agency Amey will be completing the initial work that is under the
preservation order. The working group will then be taking ownership of the ‘clear up’ on
a monthly basis in order to maintain The Holy Sepulchre Church Yard.
• The short term solution for the on going issue is the current Dispersal Order, where
Northamptonshire Police will continue to be a high visibility presence, utilising the
Section 30 and DPPO powers to take action against Anti-Social Street Drinking.
• Communicating with Police through
• Showcasing progress and success, St
Seps LISP outcomes
And that’s all there is to it…
• Can do Can’t do
• Change -Gleicher’s model-D x V x F > R
• D = Dissatisfaction with how things are now;
V = Vision of what is possible;
F = First, concrete steps that can be taken
towards the vision;
• If the product of these three factors is greater
R = Resistance
(R= Culture, tradition, operational focus,
performance now focus, personal risk)