Neighbourhood Action Group guidance

Thames Valley Police has produced guidance for Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) members and chairpersons to aid them in their NAG work.

For advice on how to achieve an effective NAG, please view 'Effective Neighbourhood Action Groups: A Good Practice Briefing' (PDF 79 Kb - opens new window), which includes the recommended terms of reference / NAG constitution.

Focus on priorities

NAGs focus their work around main priorities that have been identified by the local community. A Neighbourhood Priority Profile (NPP) template is completed for each of the main priorities. The NPP is a problem-solving template that allows NAG members to record and examine progress that is made on priorities.

View the Neighbourhood Priority Profile template (PDF 46 Kb - opens new window).

Read the Neighbourhood Priority Profile guidance notes (PDF 39 Kb - opens new window) for more information.

View the NAG tasking sheet (PDF 19 Kb - opens new window).


Some NAGs have set up their own website to update members and the public about their work. Thames Valley Police is not responsible for the content of external websites.


Each month, many NAGs produce a newsletter to keep neighbourhoods informed about what’s going on in their area. Thames Valley Police does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in these newsletters.

Henley Rural newsletter (PDF 128 Kb - opens new window).

Redlands and University newsletter (PDF 135 Kb - opens new window).

Wallingford area newsletter (PDF 59 Kb - opens new window).

Windsor newsletter.

Press releases

Writing a good press release allows NAGs to communicate their work to their neighbourhoods and members. A well-written press release will also give journalists a better understanding of the issues that your NAG is dealing with.

Five top tips on how to write a good press release:

  1. Always give the story a headline – one that sums up what the story is about.
  2. Place main facts in the first couple of paragraphs (think ‘who, what, where, why, when and how’).
  3. Keep sentences short (ideally no longer than 21 words).
  4. Always check your facts – including names, spellings, dates, times and venues.
  5. Provide reliable contact details – including phone number and email address – for journalists to contact you.