Multi-agency projects to tackle problems in communities are to be recognised by a national awards ceremony for the first time in eight years.
The Tilley Awards, which officially opened for applications today (7 September), aim to celebrate problem-orientated projects that have achieved success in resolving issues faced by the police, partners and/or the community.
The awards have been re-launched by the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction programme, which was set up by South Yorkshire Police in 2017 following a successful Police Transformation Fund award.
Chief Constable Stephen Watson of South Yorkshire Police said: “We are delighted to be re-launching the Tilley Awards, the most prestigious awards in the crime prevention arena. The awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the great work that is being undertaken across the country by police forces, and our partner agencies, to tackle crime and community safety issues in a problem-orientated manner.
“It was a great shame when The Tilley Awards ceased to run in 2010, as it resulted in some tremendous problem solving initiatives not gaining the level of recognition they should have rightly received. I’m delighted that this is no longer the case, and I would encourage anyone involved in the crime prevention and community safety arena to submit their project for entry.”
The winner of the awards will be chosen in March 2019 at the National Problem Solving Conference, in which all finalists will present their project to a panel of judges. The judging panel will be made up of problem solving experts and partner agencies, including Professor Nick Tilley, whom the awards are named after.
Professor Nick Tilley, who has played a significant part in introducing problem-orientated policing in the United Kingdom, said: “I am delighted that the award has been revived. Our best evidence suggests that problem solving is the best way of meeting public needs from policing and also making good use of scarce resources. Problem solving sounds easy but is often challenging. The Tilley Awards led to some fantastic work in the past from which we all learnt. I can’t wait to look at future entries.”
The Tilley Awards focus on the problem solving crime prevention model, SARA (Scanning-Analysis-Response-Assessment), and will be broken down into five categories; Neighbourhoods, Police Now, Investigations, Partners and Business support and volunteers. The overall winner of the Tilley Awards will be automatically submitted to the Goldstein Awards, and the successful entrant will be given the opportunity to attend the conference in America.
Guidance materials, application forms and key dates for the Tilley Awards can be found at the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme section of our website, alongside more information on the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme.