Neighbourhood police officers now operating in half of the cityTwenty two neighbourhood police officers are being posted to the districts of Ciutat Vella and Sants-Montjuïc this month, acting as a closer point of reference for local residents and commerce in the various neighbourhoods. This wave of neighbourhood police officers from the city police means half of the city now has local officers, following on from the roll-out of officers in Nou Barris last year and Sant Andreu and Sant Martí early in 2018.
The roll-out will be complete early in 2019, with neighbourhood police officers being posted to the districts of Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó, Les Corts, Sarrià – Sant Gervasi and L’Eixample. Neighbourhood police officers in Nou Barris, the first wave to be rolled out in May 2017, have worked on 134 cases and handled over 500 incidents relating to coexistence and safety.
Comprehensive local knowledge allows the corps to anticipate potential conflicts and to manage them and restore social balance when they occur. The neighbourhood police work from all angles and in conjunction with the rest of public services to offer a response which adapts to the needs and demands of local residents, associations and commerce in each territory.
To this end, officers had specialist training with guidance from a multidisciplinary team to equip them with the knowledge, tools and necessary skills to broaden their expertise at relational, operative and functional levels.
The initiative is part of the master plan for the city police, which adapts the Barcelona police service to the city’s new needs and backs a model based on proximity, transparency and territory.