The Police Role in Early Intervention
The Police have a crucial role to play in the delivery of early intervention locally. They are uniquely placed to spot children, families or individuals needing support. Police work is changing and is increasingly less about traditional crime types, but about responding to wider issues of vulnerability for example, when children or young people go missing, are at risk of exploitation or abuse, have mental health issues or when there is suspected domestic violence in households where children are present.
The police are often one of the loudest voices calling for a different response to vulnerability in local communities. Many forces are starting to work differently recognising that early intervention is needed to reduce demand on the police and also to provide more effective public service. The Police often work with a highly vulnerable section of the population but can sometimes feel powerless to make a difference. Enabling frontline officers to think about early intervention can increase morale.
The Early Intervention Academy for Police Leaders
EIF are running an Early Intervention Academy to progress the role of the police in the early intervention agenda supported by the Home Office and the College of Policing. Through a competitive process we identified the leading voices on early intervention in policing.
Since September 2015 we have been working with 24 future police leaders from forces across England and Wales who are all committed to putting early intervention at the centre of their work. EIF have delivered a series of expert-led masterclasses and learning sessions which draw on the latest evidence and innovation.Read More
EARLY INTERVENTION POLICE GUIDE
‘Early Intervention: A Guide for Frontline Police and PCSOs’ is the first in a series of guides for frontline professionals. It includes links to more information about the evidence base behind early intervention as well as practical examples of how local police officers are working with partners to spot risk factors and offer help to children, young people and families.
Read the guide
Read our guest blog by Andy Rhodes, Deputy Chief Constable in Lancashire, reflecting on the first masterclass and the importance of early intervention in policing.