Today (Monday 5 November) marks exactly eight-weeks until the final deadline for entries of the 2018/19 national Tilley Awards, which officially close at midnight on Monday 31 December.
The Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme revived the national awards earlier this year after a period of eight years without them. The Problem Solving Programme, led by South Yorkshire Police on behalf of all forces, reintroduced the awards as a part of the 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.
The awards, which are named after Professor Nick Tilley, who has played a significant role in introducing problem-orientated-policing (POP) in the UK, first began in 1999 to recognise and celebrate problem-orientated projects that have achieved success in resolving issues faced by the police, partners and the community.
This year the awards are broken down into five categories: Neighbourhoods, Police Now, Investigations, Partners, and Business Support and Volunteers. A winner for each category will be chosen, which will become one of the five finalists for the overall awards.
Each of these finalists will then present their projects to the judging panel and audience at the National Problem Solving Conference in early 2019, where an overall winner will be chosen.
The winner of the 2018/19 Tilley Awards will be automatically submitted to the Goldstein Awards, and the successful entrant will be given the opportunity to attend the international conference in America.
Sponsor of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police Lauren Poultney, said: “The nationally recognised awards create a great opportunity to identify and celebrate problem-orientated projects introduced by police and partners to address local community issues, and we are extremely pleased we have been able to relaunch them as a part of our programme.
“As the deadline for final entries draws ever closer, I would encourage anyone involved in problem solving projects to submit an entry to this year's awards to showcase and receive recognition for the positive impact they have made within their local areas.
“I’m looking forward to seeing all of the problem-orientated projects taking place across the country and I would like to wish everyone submitting an entry to the awards the best of luck.”
To download a copy of the application form and guidance before the deadline closes, please visit the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction website here- https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/find-out/problem-solving-and-demand-reduction-programme/
Entrants can also submit questions and project draft narratives to a panel of advisors, made up of experts working within problem solving roles from both police forces and public sector organisations, to gain feedback and guidance on their applications. Information and details of how this process works is explained in the guidance document on the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction website.