Background information

The neighbourhood model

In 2013, the MPS introduced a new model for neighbourhood policing. Every ward in London has a dedicated PC and PCSO. Wards in each Borough are clustered into neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods were selected by the MPS based on operational policing experience. 108 core neighbourhoods were created (there are additional business areas). Each neighbourhood has an additional team of police officers and PCSOs who target crime in that area.

Each neighbourhood is led by a police Inspector. This role is critical and the Inspector is responsible for policing on that neighbourhood, including crime reduction and investigation, police accessibility, confidence and victim satisfaction.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have analysed the characteristics of the 108 neighbourhoods and assigned them to most similar groups.


This neighbourhood performance tool is the first to provide easy to use information about the 108 neighbourhoods. Crime and public perception data, as measured by the MPS/MOPAC Public Attitude Survey is uploaded onto this mapping interface. For more information on the Survey, please contact .

The tool is intended for the benefit of both police practitioners and the public to work in partnership to further reduce crime, catch criminals and increase trust and confidence in the police.


By grouping the neighbourhoods, GLA and MOPAC have enabled both the police and the public to understand performance compared to similar neighbourhoods in London.

Police and partners can now share best practice with like-for-like neighbourhoods. Local communities and public service providers can also benefit from understanding which other areas of London share similar characteristics, even if on the other side of the city.

The tool is quick and easy-to-use, hosts the most up to date data available, and provides comparative detail of the underlying issues of trust and confidence in the local communities.

More information

For more information on this tool and to see the other dashboards produced by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, please visit .


Should you wish to learn more about the groups and the indicators that define the similarities of their component neighbourhoods, the linked documents below provide related group profiles. The names assigned to the groups are based on key indicators that predominate for the group compared to the London average, and are not intended to represent all people or areas within the group.

Help guide

We hope that the most similar neighbourhood tool is self-explanatory in its use. If you are having difficulty, please refer to the steps outlined below:

  • Choose a neighbourhood by either clicking on the map or by using the drop-down boxes on the top left hand side.
  • By selecting a neighbourhood, the other neighbourhoods in its most similar group will also be selected. By default, the neighbourhoods will coloured according to the quartiled range of responses for the question "Taking everything into account, how good a job do you think the police in your area are doing? (% excellent/good)".
  • The percentage of respondents answering 'excellent' or 'very good' to this question is shown in the table on the left hand side for each neighbourhood in this group. The position that each neighbourhood occupies across all neighbourhoods is shown in brackets (lower the rank = higher the confidence score or crime rate). The selected neighbourhood is shown in bold, and above the table is a reference to the neighbourhood selected, as well as the borough and most similar group within which it sits.
  • The data displayed on the map and small table can be altered by clicking on any of the buttons across the top to view responses to other survey questions asked, as well as key crime rates (hover over a button to see the question asked, or for more information on the crime rate).
  • To examine the raw data for all confidence and crime indicators across all neighbourhhods, select the 'Show results in table' button at the top left of the page. As well as showing you all the data, it highlights those neighbourhoods in the most similar group already selected, including the selected neighbourhood in bold. By clicking on the heading at the top of each column you are able to sort the data numerically.

For a visual aid to what is displayed on the tool and where, please click here .

If you are still having difficulty using the tool, please email us .

Technical notes

The methodology behind the grouping of neighbourhoods involves a 2-stage process:

For more information on these stages, please click on their links. The latter 2 stages of the methodology are heavily aligned with that of the Office for National Statistics Output Area Classification .


If you have any queries about the survey data used, please contact .

If you have any comments about the Neighbourhood Perception and Crime Comparator itself please contact .

If you have any general queries or comments about the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) please contact .