Neighbourhood Policing Inspector

Job Family Community Policing
Job Sub Family Local Policing
Code COM-LPOL-ME-Neighbourhood Policing Inspector v1.0

Role Purpose

A Neighbourhood Policing Inspector manages a neighbourhood policing team of Sergeants, Constables and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO). They plan and manage neighbourhood policing strategies, directing the deployment of resources and developing strategic working relationships with partners and key stakeholders to facilitate the neighbourhood policing team to work effectively.

Key Accountabilities

  • Plan, manage and monitor neighbourhood policing operations and activities to ensure the effective management of competing demands and priorities to make informed deployment decisions and ensure best use of available resources.
  • Manage a neighbourhood policing team, providing clear tasking to ensure effective neighbourhood policing activities and meet neighbourhood policing strategies, Force priorities, develop social cohesion and build community confidence in policing.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with colleagues, communities and partners, driving collaboration across policing and wider public services provision to assist in meeting the neighbourhood policing strategy, wider Force priorities and building community confidence in policing.
  • Apply evidence based policing and recognised approaches to problem solving to inform the development of neighbourhood policing strategies and develop public confidence in policing.
  • Manage ongoing risks to vulnerable groups and individuals within the community to mitigate the impact of criminality and disorder.
  • Review and report on team expenditure to ensure the efficient use of available budgets and maximise value for money.
  • Analyse performance data and information against team objectives in order to effectively inform workforce planning, budgets and the measurement of department and force goals.


All roles are expected to know, understand and act within the ethics and values of the Police Service.

The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) has six competencies that are clustered into three groups. Under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice.

It is suggested that this role should be operating or working towards the following levels of the CVF:

Resolute, compassionate and committed

Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership

Intelligent, creative and informed policing

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Prior education and experience:

Typically, an Inspector will have:

  • Operational experience at Sergeant Level.
  • Met all necessary local and national promotion requirements (or Direct Entry selection criteria) as defined in the National Police Promotions Framework (NPPF) or previous OSPRE process.



  • Able to plan to short and medium-term cycles, to coordinate a range of activities appropriately within the function, to match these to available resources, and to identify and mitigate known risks to delivery.
  • Able to develop and motivate a team and create strong engagement of individuals with their personal and team objectives and with Force values, behaviours and strategic priorities.
  • Able to develop and implement an effective stakeholder relationship plan which develops trusts and enables contributions.
  • Able to engage a variety of audiences through a range of media to inform and/or persuade.
  • Skilled in setting, monitoring and enabling high performance against team and individual performance objectives.
  • Able to identify potential applications of new or improved practices related to own area of work to improve ways of working.
  • Able to contribute to resource planning, to manage financial budgets and utilise commercial acumen to make risk-based decisions that deliver effective outcomes within the resources allocated.
  • Able to seek out and identify a range of information to identify patterns, trends and options, to solve multifaceted and complex problems.
  • Skilled in coaching and mentoring to enable appropriate career and professional development.
  • Able to manage the delivery of change initiatives within own team.
  • Able to maintain personal resilience and wellbeing in complex and challenging situations and enable others to develop their own personal resilience and wellbeing.



Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of Police Regulations and College of Policing Guidance, best practice and any local policy applicable to the neighbourhood policing context and leading and managing teams.
  • Maintain and update key knowledge, understanding and skills relating to legislation policy and practice across all functional policing areas and in relation to neighbourhood policing.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of new approaches identified by evidence based policing research, problem solving and team working and synthesise these into working practice.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of new and evolving crime threats and priorities; and current best practice to tackle these in order to enable a pro-active and preventative approach.
  • Complete all annual and mandatory training.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of performance management and assessment process and ensure they are implemented effectively when leading and managing teams.
  • Keep up to date with guidance and best practice on health, safety and welfare.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not applicable.

Links to other Profiles

Specialist Inspector roles, for example:

  • Response Inspector
  • Detective Inspector

Please note this list is not exhaustive.

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