Cheshire Police announced as the overall winner of the 2019/20 Tilley Awards at the national Problem Solving Conference.
Operation Waterside, which focuses on combatting Child Sexual Exploitation and protecting vulnerable victims, was declared the overall winner of the 2019/20 Tilley Awards after previously being selected as the category winner for Investigations, and receiving the highest combined score for their project and presentation.
Their score was made up of the marks awarded for their written project along with the scores awarded for their presentation from the conference attendees and judging panel members. The judging panel comprised of Chief Constable Stephen Watson South Yorkshire Police, Professor Stuart Kirby, problem solving subject matter expert Sylvia Chenery, and College of Policing Director of Knowledge and Innovation Rachel Tuffin.
Sergeant Robert Simpson and PC Gina Volp, who lead the project, have commented on this award and recognition received, “It feels fantastic to have won this award and it is a real achievement to be recognised for our work. We’d like to thank all of the partners and members of our team who have been involved in the project, and this award really validates the hard work of everyone and shows we are on the right track.
“It is really unexpected to now be representing our project at the international Goldstein Awards and we are really pleased to have won this great opportunity.”
The four other finalists and category winners were:
Neighbourhoods- Operation Endurance, Durham Constabulary
Police Now and Student Officers- Minimising Demand on the Police from Missing Mental Health Patients at Kendray Hospital, South Yorkshire Police
Partners- We Don’t Buy Crime, West Mercia Police
Business Support and Volunteers- A Volunteer Led Response to Preventing and Reducing Online Child Victimisation and Offending, Lancashire Constabulary
All of the category winners, whom received the highest combined sift judging scores out of the 132 entries submitted to this year’s award, were invited to present their projects during the conference.
The Tilley Awards were relaunched by the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme in 2018 as part of the work to transform ways of working at a local, regional and national level, through the effective use of problem solving.
Problem Solving programme sponsor, Assistant Chief Constable Lauren Poultney South Yorkshire Police, comments on the awards: “This is the second year we have facilitated the awards, which has seen a significant increase in the number of nominations, and all of the entries submitted demonstrate the good quality problem-oriented projects and initiatives taking place across the country.
“Effective problem solving reduces harm in our communities and this gives increased capacity to improve the services we provide. It is therefore brilliant to see the effectivity of the different problem solving solutions introduced and I would personally like to congratulate both the winner and everyone else whom submitted an application. The interventions we have seen include physical measures to reduce crimes through to support for offenders to change their lifestyles, both of which ultimately mean fewer victims of crime. I am also particularly pleased to see an increase in problem solving that is taking place with partner agencies”
“It is important we are able to recognise the fantastic innovative work that is taking place, and relaunching and hosting the Tilley Awards has enabled us to do this.”
The winning project, Operation Waterside, will now automatically be submitted to the Goldstein Awards and the project team will be invited to attend the International POP conference in Michigan, America.
To find out more about the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, visit - https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/find-out/problem-solving-and-demand-reduction-programme/ or follow @PSDRprogramme on Twitter.
Sgt Robert Simpson, Cheshire Constabulary, PC Gina Volp, Cheshire Constabulary and Chief Constable Stephen Watson, South Yorkshire Police