Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme

Date published: 16 April 2019 15:43

About the programme

In 2017, South Yorkshire Police was awarded £6.35 million of funding from the Home Office to deliver a national problem solving and demand reduction partnership working initiative over three years.

The programme of work will help to transform ways of working across the police at a local, regional and national level, by embedding problem solving as a core discipline.

To do this, we are currently running numerous work streams, including:

  • A peer support network, which offers police forces across the UK guidance and support in implementing the problem solving discipline
  • The pilot of an IT system for use by South Yorkshire Police, Humberside Police and local authority partners, to enable the sharing of information regarding victim, offenders and locations for the first time
  • The creation of a national knowledge hub to share best practice regarding problem solving and demand reduction amongst police forces
  • A learning and development work stream, to influence the training requirements of police officers and staff in regards to problem solving
  • A demand reduction work stream, that aims to give a better understanding of demand nationally and collaborate on projects to reduce, transfer and minimise demand on services, including police and partners
  • Supporting South Yorkshire Police in being a pilot force in embedding the new Neighbourhood Policing guidelines, created by the College of Policing
  • The re-introduction of The Tilley Awards, which celebrate problem oriented projects that have achieved measurable success in resolving issues faced by the police, partners and/or the community

For more information on the programme, get in touch using the details below.

Get in touch

You can contact the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme team by:

Our vision

“Creating opportunities to reduce demand for police and partners by embedding a structured problem solving ethos and capability”

National Problem Solving Conference

In March 2019, the programme held it's first National Problem Solving Conference.

Post-event information from this conference can be found here. Podcasts of the workshops and the PowerPoint slides used by keynote speakers can be found on our Knowledge Hub.

To register your interest in attending next year's National Problem Solving Conference, please contact the programme team via email at 

The Tilley Awards

In October 2018, the national Tilley Awards were re-launched as part of our programme to recognise and celebrate multi-agency problem-oriented projects that have achieved success in resolving issues faced by the police, partners and/or the community.

The winner of the 2018/19 Tilley Awards was announced at the National Problem Solving Conference conference in March. To find out who this was read our latest press release.


You can view a copy of our external announcements, here: