One month to go until Tilley Award deadline

Date published: 23 September 2020 09:46
Dated: 23 September 2020 10:45:13

Today (Wednesday 23rd September) marks the one month deadline for applications to the UK’s largest problem solving awards, the Tilley Awards.

Entries to this year’s awards, which are facilitated by the Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Programme, will formally close at midnight on Friday 23rd October 2020.

The awards, which are broken down in to five categories, aim to celebrate and recognise police and partner projects that have achieved success in resolving community issues. The categories are:

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

The highest scoring project for each category will receive an award, and will be invited to present their project to an acclaimed judging panel at the National Problem Solving Conference in February 2021. At the conference, the judging panel, and the conference attendees, will vote for an overall winner.

Programme sponsor, Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, Lauren Poultney, has commented on the awards, “As we draw ever closer to the deadline for this year’s Tilley Awards, I would like to encourage police forces and partner agencies to submit their entries, and I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck.

“Last year we had a fantastic calibre and amount of entries, one of the highest amounts since the awards began in 1999. This year, the challenges of Covid-19 may have required some problem solving activity to change tactics or evolve, and I am really interested to see examples of the different problem oriented projects currently taking place across England and Wales.”

The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd October, at which point the submissions will be marked by a panel of sift judges to identify shortlisted applicants for each category. Once the shortlist has been identified, these will be submitted to the final judging panel to determine the overall category winners.

Application forms, and guidance materials, for the Tilley Awards can be found at

Copies of submissions to the previous year’s awards, including the winning projects, are available to view and download from the Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Knowledge Hub page here

The Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Programme is a yearlong extension of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, led by South Yorkshire Police on behalf of all forces, to embed problem solving as a core discipline in policing.

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