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Young people 'more confident in police' in areas targeted by graduate scheme

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Police Now to hold conference today.

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Participants in a previous Police Now class

Confidence in the police has increased by 17 per cent among young people in communities that have a neighbourhood police officer recruited and trained through the Police Now scheme.

A survey commissioned by the charity in areas it operates found:

a 10 pc increase in young people’s perceptions of how fairly the police treat people;

a 13 pc increase in how helpful they are;

an 11 pc increase in how friendly and approachable they are;

a 10 pc increase of how good an understanding they have of key community issues.

Independent survey data for Police Now and comparison wards was compared for the year prior to the posting of Police Now officers, against their first 15 months after training. Around 7,000 people were questioned in total, including around 1,000 youngsters.

Police Now, which puts graduates into demanding neighbourhood policing roles, was established as an independent charity by the Met Police in August 2015.

It is now a partner of almost half of forces in England and Wales, with more than 200 new officers being placed into wards in deprived communities this summer.

At a conference organised by the charity today, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick will say: “Police Now has been an enormously successful way to bring different people into policing. The people in the places that Police Now participants are working are not just more confident in the police but more trusting of each other.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd says in a report on the programme: “Through Police Now, officers and their local partners are changing the face of community policing in some of the country’s toughest neighbourhoods whilst strengthening the historic British principle of policing by consent.

“Police Now continues to develop fresh approaches to police training and leadership development and is having a broader impact on the development of policing as a profession.”

David Spencer, chief executive and co-founder of the initiative, said: “Police Now is bringing the best graduates into policing - our participants are changing lives and have an unparalleled opportunity to develop their leadership and problem-solving skills on the policing frontline.

"We are incredibly proud of what our participants have achieved over the last two years.”

Applications for the next round of Police Now open later this year.

Red Snapper Learning, which shares a parent company with Police Oracle, is delivering some of the training for participants in this year’s programme.

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