The Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme has today announced the five category winners of the 2018/19 Tilley Awards, which recognise the best problem-solving initiatives taking place across the country.
The awards, which were relaunched last year after a period of eight years without them, attracted 72 entries from police forces and partner agencies across the UK. The five category winning projects, are as follows:
Business support and volunteers- Durham PCC, Peer Mentor Project
Neighbourhoods- Warwickshire Police, Operation Redgate
Police Now- South Yorkshire Police, Tackling the use and supply of Spice in Sheffield City Centre
Investigations- Durham Constabulary, Education is Compulsory, School is Not
Partners- Durham Constabulary, Herbert Protocol
The winners were awarded the highest scores in each category for their demonstrated use of scanning, analysis, response and assessment methodology to identify and introduce problem-orientated initiatives to address and create long-term solutions to issues faced by the police, partners and the community.
Sponsor of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, Assistant Chief Constable Lauren Poultney, South Yorkshire Police, commented on the success of the finalists: “I would like to congratulate the five Tilley Award projects, all of whom I hope are delighted to have been selected as the overall winner of their category. It has been wonderful to see the fantastic problem solving initiatives taking place across the country and I am extremely pleased we have been able to celebrate their success through the Tilley Awards.
“We were overwhelmed by the number of entries submitted to the awards, all of which demonstrate the commitment, dedication and successes achieved by police forces and our partners to improve and tackle issues through problem-orientated methods of working.
“The competition has been very stiff and I’d like to wish all five category winners the best of luck with their presentations at the National Problem Solving Conference next month. I look forward to learning more about their projects and finding out who the overall winner will be.”
Professor Nick Tilley, said: “I have read the category winners’ entries. They capture well the diverse range of issues the police are expected to address and show how bringing careful analysis and imaginative responses can yield real benefits to the police service and the public. Hearing more about the work will be a real treat at the conference in March.”
The five category winners will present their projects to the Tilley Award judging panel at the National Problem Solving Conference in March 2019. The judging panel, and the conference attendees, will vote for an overall winner of the Tilley Award 2018/19, which will be announced following the presentations.
The Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme relaunched the Tilley Awards as a part of the programme’s work to transform ways of working across the police and partners at a local, regional and national level, by embedding problem solving as a core discipline.
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