Saturday 28th September officially marked the one month deadline for police and partner entries to the 2019/20 Tilley Awards.
Entries to this year’s awards, facilitated by the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, which is a three year transformation project led by South Yorkshire Police on behalf of all forces, will formally close at midnight on Monday 28 October.
Applications to the respected awards can be submitted via the Problem Solving website here and are again broken down into five categories: Neighbourhoods, Police Now and Student Officers, Investigations, Partners and Business Support and Volunteers.
A winner will be selected for each of the categories and invited to present their projects at the National Problem Solving Conference in March 2020, where the overall winner of the 2019/20 Tilley Awards will be chosen.
The Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme reintroduced the highly acclaimed awards in 2018, following an eight year hiatus without them, to create a platform to celebrate and recognise partnership problem oriented projects that have achieved success in resolving local and national issues faced by the police, partners and the community.
The revival of the awards, which first began in 1999 and are named after prestigious problem solving professor, Nick Tilley, took place as part of the three year programme of 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.
Programme sponsor, Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, Lauren Poultney, has commented on the awards, “I’m extremely pleased we are able to run the Tilley Awards for a second year and again create a platform for partners and police forces to celebrate and share the different problem solving innovations they have introduced in response to local and community issues.
“There were 72 applications from both partners and police to last year’s awards and I’m hoping we will again be able to build on this success. Partnership working forms a key element of our programme of work to explore and create opportunities to work collaboratively together to reduce demand and improve community safety.
“I would therefore like to encourage our local authority partners and police forces to submit entries to the awards and I wish all applicants the best of luck. I’m looking forward to seeing the number of submissions to this year’s awards and finding out about the different problem solving problem solving ways of working that are taking place across the country.”
To submit an application form or read the guidance before the deadline closes, please visit the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction website here.
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.
The Tilley Awards is one of many different work streams commissioned by the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme to improve ways of working and reduce demand. The other programme work streams include Learning and Development, NPCC workshops and CONNECT Partner, amongst others. Further information on the different work streams, along with details on how to book a place at the National Problem Solving Conference are available on our website here.