2022 brings the 40th anniversary of Neighbourhood Watch, with the first group having been formed in the UK in 1982. In North East Lincolnshire we have expanded the concept further to develop our ‘Neighbourhood Networking’ approach. In addition to the creation of rural-, alley-, park- and allotment- watches, individual residents are encouraged to play a more active role in community safety in a way that best suits their interests and time – be it a one-off project in their local area, or longer term interaction through social media.

Celebrations are also in order as for Humberside Police which been recognised as the gold winner for the UK Police Service of the Year 2022,  just a year after winning silver in 2021. Humberside Police was highlighted for its innovative approach in supporting those in mental health crisis, along with its wider transformation and improvements in the last five years.

Finally, we have launched the first ‘independent advisory group’ for violence against women and girls in the country! If you are passionate about creating a better future for all women, please come along – dates available by emailing SPOCCommunitySafety@humberside.pnn.police.uk.