Police forces and partner agencies are encouraged to submit details of their successful problem solving and crime prevention activities, as the national Tilley Awards open once again for applications.
The awards, which were relaunched in 2018 by the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, now known as the Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Programme, aim to celebrate and recognise police and partner projects that have achieved success in resolving community issues.
Similar to the previous two years, the awards are split in to five categories, with forces and partners able to submit to any category that best suits their project:
- Police Now and Student Officers
- Business Support and Volunteers
The highest scoring project for each category will receive an award, and will be invited to present their project to an acclaimed judging panel at the National Problem Solving Conference in February 2021. At the conference, the judging panel, and the conference attendees, will vote for an overall winner.
Chief Constable Stephen Watson QPM, NPCC Lead for Crime Prevention and judging panel member, comments on the awards, “Since relaunching the awards in 2018, we have seen an increase in submissions, led by both police and partners, which are problem-orient and centred on preventing crime.
“It has been fantastic to see the impact each of these initiatives has had on improving community safety and reducing demand, and I’m extremely pleased we are able to continue to provide a platform to celebrate these projects and schemes.”
The final deadline for applications is Friday 23rd October, at which point all of the submissions will be marked by a panel of shift judges to identify shortlisted applicants for each category. Once the shortlist has been identified, they will be submitted to the final judging panel to determine the overall category winners.
Guidance materials, application forms and a timeline for the Tilley Awards can be found at- http://www.problemsolvingconference.co.uk
Copies of submissions to the previous year’s awards, including the winning projects, are available to view and download from the Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Knowledge Hub page here
The Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Programme is a yearlong extension of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, led by South Yorkshire Police on behalf of all forces, to embed problem solving as a core discipline in policing.