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Whatever Happened to Reassurance Policing?

Published: 2010

Millie, A. (2010) ‘Whatever happened to reassurance policing?’ Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 4(3) 225–232.

Summary

Reassurance policing was trialled in England from 2002 to 2005, emphasizing police visibility and public consultation on locally identified priorities.  In this article, I ask ‘whatever happened to reassurance policing?’  This may seem a strange question to ask. With the expansion of neighbourhood and citizen-focused policing, the policing pledge, and a single public confidence performance target, reassurance policing seems to be alive and well.  However, by focusing on four early intentions for a reassurance approach, I question this assumption.  Reassurance is found to be a part of British policing, but it could be much more.  Contemporary examples where policing could (and perhaps should) be more reassuring are provided.