Applications for national Tilley Awards officially open

Date published: 19 May 2020 11:28
Dated: 10 June 2019 11:02:41

The Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme has today (Monday 10 June) announced the return of the National Tilley Awards for 2019, with applications open now.

The national awards were relaunched by the programme last year to recognise multi-agency projects that tackle problems in communities, following an eight year hiatus of the awards.

Following the same structure as last year, the awards will be split into five categories:

  • Neighbourhoods
  • Police Now and Student Officers
  • Partners
  • Investigations
  • Business Support and Volunteers

Individual winners will be determined for each category, who will then be invited to present their project to a judging panel and audience members at the National Problem Solving Conference in March 2020, where an overall winner will be chosen.

Professor Nick Tilley, a member of last years’ judging panel and key contributor to problem-oriented policing in the UK, said: “I was privileged to help select last year’s final five applications from a shortlist of ten entries, they were excellent. I also heard of other first-class entries that did not make the cut but are now informing problem-oriented work nationally.

“I urge officers and partnerships up and down the country to write up their work and enter for the 2019 award. Whether or not you win, your work will help contribute to a growing body of knowledge improving responses to the kinds of troublesome issue that the community bring to the police and partner organisations.”

Last year’s Tilley Awards attracted 72 entries from police forces and partner agencies across the UK. Jim Cunningham from the Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner was chosen as the winner of the Tilley Awards 2018/19, as well as the winner of the Business Support and Volunteers category.

As a result of winning the Tilley Award, Jim’s application has now been submitted to the International Goldstein Awards, and he will be attending the Problem-Oriented Policing Conference in Santa Cruz, California later this year. The overall winner of the 2019/20 awards will also be automatically submitted to the International Awards and invited to attend the conference in America.

Guidance material, online application forms and a timeline for the Tilley Awards can be found at-

Copies of submissions to last year’s awards, including Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner’s winning application, are available at-

The Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, led by South Yorkshire Police on behalf of all police forces, relaunched the awards as part of the programme’s body of work to transform ways of working across police and partners at a local, regional and national level, by embedding problem solving as a core discipline.

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