Guides on ‘Implementing and Sustaining POP’ and ‘Successful Problem Solving’ officially launch to assist officers and partners in embedding problem solving as a core discipline.
The guidance documents, developed by a consortium led by University College London (ULC) on behalf of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction (PSDR) Programme and in collaboration with the College of Policing (CoP), have today (Tuesday 17th March) launched to provide police and partners with the resources to develop their problem solving knowledge and skills, and sustainably implement it into their ways of working.
All police forces and partners signed up to the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Knowledge Hub page, can now access the guides to aid in implementing and delivering a universally recognised approach to Problem-Oriented Policing (POP).
The guides also provide individuals and forces with the tools and resources to implement practical problem solving frameworks to assist in identifying and sustaining effective solutions to reduce demand.
In addition to the guides, which are available to view and download from the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Knowledge Hub page here, a research report to provide a baseline to evaluate the implementation of Problem Solving practices across police forces in the UK is currently being created. A copy of this report will be available to view on the PSDR Knowledge Hub.
The basis of this report, which will complement the guides, is an exploration and evaluation of the snapshot exercise of problem solving and demand reduction activities taking place across police forces nationally. The report will also include an assessment of the current enablers and barriers to successful problem solving within policing.
Eight forces were involved in the deep dive snapshot and twelve forces participated in the wider evaluation.
These guides and report were commissioned as part of the evaluation portfolio of Problem Solving and the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme. The PSDR Programme, a three-year initiative led by South Yorkshire Police on behalf of all forces, was introduced to transform ways of working at a local, regional and national level and will conclude in March 2020.
Further details on the programme and remaining work streams is available here.