Winner of Tilley Awards announced

Date published: 19 May 2020 11:28
Dated: 01 April 2019 14:47:49

Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner was announced as the overall winner of the 2018/19 Tilley Award at the National Problem Solving and Demand Reduction conference, on Thursday 28 March.

The Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner’s project- Durham Community Peer Mentoring Project, which had already won the Business Support and Volunteers category of the Tilley Awards, pipped the four other category winners to the post to win the prestigious award after receiving the highest combined score for their project and presentation.

Jim Cunningham from the Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner’s project team, along with the four other category finalists, presented their projects to the Tilley Award judges and the audience during the conference. The judging panel comprised of Chief Constable Stephen Watson of South Yorkshire Police, Professor Nick Tilley, Professor Stuart Kirby, Sylvia Chenery and Mario Demetriou. Conference attendees also voted on the presentations.

The four other finalists and winners of their categories were:

Neighbourhoods- Warwickshire Police, Operation Redgate

Police Now- South Yorkshire Police, Tackling the use and supply of Spice in Sheffield City Centre

Investigations- Durham Constabulary, Education is Compulsory, School is Not

Partners- Durham Constabulary, Herbert Protocol

The five category winners were selected out of 72 entries submitted to the 2018/19 Tilley Awards, which were relaunched by the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction programme as a part of the 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.

Jim Cunningham, winner of the Tilley Award 2019, said: “It is a great honour highlighting what a problem solving approach can achieve when support, encouraged and championed as it is by Durham Police Crime and Victims Commissioner, Durham Constabulary and South Yorkshire Police. The real winners are the volunteers and area coordinators who brilliantly support vulnerable and isolated people across County Durham and Darlington, they are amazing, it is very humbling for me personally to be recognised by the Tilley Awards”.

Sponsor of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, ACC Lauren Poultney, South Yorkshire Police, commented on the presentations and success of the overall winner, “It was wonderful to view all of the finalists’ presentations and gain an overview of the partnership problem solving techniques and methodology used, to underpin the creative and sustainable solutions introduced to address local, regional and national issues. 

“All of the category winners were excellent examples of the different problem solving initiatives taking place across the country and it was a very close call for judging. I’d like to congratulate Jim Cunningham from the Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner’s Office and each of the finalists, as it is a great achievement to have been selected as both a category and overall winner given the number and quality of entries submitted.

“The Tilley Awards aim to celebrate problem-orientated projects that demonstrate the use of scanning, analysis, response and assessment methodology to transform ways of working across police and partners, and I’m extremely pleased we have been able to create the opportunity to relaunch them as part of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme.”

Acclaimed professor and member of the Tilley Award judging panel, Nick Tilley, also commented on the winning project, “Jim Cunningham led a great project and is a worthy winner. The project has benefited from continuous improvement over a sustained period. It reflects Jim’s passion, imagination, hard work and cool thinking.

“The strategic use of volunteers effectively to tackle problems of high impact repeat callers benefited the police, callers and the volunteers Jim recruited and cultivated.”

As part of the prize for winning the Tilley Awards, the Durham Community Peer Mentoring Project will now be automatically submitted to the international Goldstein Awards and two members of the project team will attend the international POP conference in Santa Cruz, America later this year.

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Jim Cunningham and Professor Nick Tilley

Jim Cunningham and Professor Nick Tilley

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