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.

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The Early Intervention Academy for Police Leaders

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.

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