Two finalists from the UK Tilley Awards have received global recognition after being shortlisted for the prestigious Herman Goldstein Awards for excellence in problem-oriented policing.
Durham Police Crime and Victim Commissioner, the winner of the 18/19 Tilley Awards, and South Yorkshire Police have both been shortlisted for their Peer Mentoring Project and Tackling Spice in Sheffield City Centre project, respectively.
Alongside the two Tilley Award finalists, a further application from Durham Constabulary, Checkpoint Deferred Prosecution Scheme, has made the shortlist for the Goldstein Awards, meaning that three out of the five finalists are UK based initiatives.
The three UK finalists had tough competition to reach the finals after the Goldstein Awards received a surge of applications from the UK, following the relaunch of the Tilley Awards and the increased awareness of problem solving in policing, due to the launch of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme.
Representatives from the UK forces will travel to the US in November, to present their projects to attendees, and a judging panel, at the world-renowned Problem-Oriented Policing conference.
Assistant Chief Constable Lauren Poultney, Senior Responsible Officer for the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, said: “It’s fantastic to hear that two of last year’s Tilley Award finalists have been recognised at an international level, and shortlisted for the Goldstein Awards. It is testament to the people behind the projects and gives them even greater recognition for the excellent work that they are doing that is having a positive effect on communities.
“We would encourage all officers, staff and partnerships across the UK to apply for this year’s Tilley Awards – it is a great platform to showcase your work, and can lead you to global recognition.”
The international Goldstein Awards were introduced in 1993 to recognise outstanding police officers and forces across the world who are engaging in effective problem-solving efforts to reduce crime and disorder.
The Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, led by South Yorkshire Police on behalf of all police forces, relaunched the Tilley Awards in 2018 as part of the programme’s body of work to transform ways of working across the police and partners by embedding problem solving as a core discipline.
Applications to this year’s Tilley Awards are now open. Guidance materials, online application forms and a timeline for the awards can be found at probelmsolvingconference.co.uk