Projects which have eliminated prostitution on a residential estate, slashed youth violence, reduced distraction burglary and saved thousands of pounds by cutting theft have been named as finalists in the 2010 Tilley Awards.
Among the finalists was Operation Guardian in Woking, which was visited today by Minister for Crime Prevention James Brokenshire. It was set up to tackle the supply of class A drugs after increasing levels of concern among residents about drugs users and dealers in the area. Police initiated the operation with raids, test purchases and stop and searches.
Other finalists came from Lancashire, Northampton, Norfolk, Peckham, Warwickshire, Doncaster, Stockton, Hamilton, Cardiff and Caerau, South Wales.
Home Office minister’s statement
Minister for Crime Prevention James Brokenshire said:
“Empowering communities to find local solutions to local problems is a key foundation of the Big Society we want to build. These awards recognise where it is already happening and we can all learn lessons from that.
“They show that when police, councils, charities and the public work together they can achieve real results. I want to congratulate all the finalists on their achievements.”
Background on the Tilley Awards
The Tilley Awards were set up in 1999 to recognise crime fighting projects where police, community safety groups and the public work in partnership using innovative and strategic methods to tackle problems identified by their local communities.
More than 110 projects entered this year’s awards. An overall winner will be named later this year.
Notes to editors
The Tilley Award is named after Professor Nick Tilley, who has carried out considerable work in the UK, often commissioned by the Home Office, to develop problem-oriented policing. The awards are funded by the Home Office to encourage and spread best practice in crime fighting approaches across England and Wales.
The full list of regional winners is below. For more information see Annex A.
- East – Wells Harbour Outboard Engine Theft Project
- East Midlands – Operation Uncanny
- London – Talking the Hardest: Taking on Peckham’s Gang Culture
- North East – Repeat Caller Mrs H
- North West – Hyndburn Snooker Youth Club
- South East – Operation Guardian
- Wales – Duffyn Road Flats: Tackling ASB
- West Midlands – Distraction Burglary in Warwickshire
- Yorkshire and the Humber – Operation Alamein
- Rest of the UK - Hamilton Safer Streets Initiative
- Stand alone category winner for Embedding Partnership Working - Safer Capital Cardiff
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