The principles of ‘policing by consent’ create a strong relational context between individuals, communities and the police.  Policing is an inherently relational activity whose success relies on preserving trust at local and national levels. Yet the relationships around hate crime, terrorism, gangs, drugs, fraud, domestic violence, civil unrest or indeed and form of crime or disorder have their own complexities. Thinking relationally is essential if the foundational relationships for policing are to be protected and the partnerships for success developed.