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AWARDS RECOGNISE POLICING EXCELLENCE IN REDUCING CRIME AND DISORDER

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Police forces who are leading the way in crime-fighting excellence are ...
Police forces who are leading the way in crime-fighting excellence are

recognised today as the Home Office announces the winners of the prestigious

Tilley Award.

The annual award, which recognises best practice in tackling crime and

anti-social behaviour, has been won by Staffordshire Police for its Safe and

Secure, Twenty Four Seven project which saw crime slashed by 62 per cent in

the target area.

The two runners-up were Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Hampshire

Constabulary.

The Tilley Award, in its sixth year, highlights successes in

problem-orientated policing. This approach concentrates on reducing crime

through forces working in partnership with local agencies to implement

appropriate and targeted solutions and evaluating their impact on crime.

This year the Home Office received almost 100 entries from police forces

across the UK.

Home Office minister Hazel Blears, who will present the winning forces with

their awards later this year, said:

'Congratulations go to those individual police officers and

forces who have triumphed in this year's awards. People expect to be able to

live in communities free from the fear of crime and violence - and the

police need to use all the powers they have to help them do just that.

'This year's winner and runners-up provide us with excellent

examples of some of the best problem-oriented policing in this country -

cracking down on a wide-range of criminal activity, anti-social behaviour

and disorder. Across the board, this year's award entries have shown just

how important and effective multi-agency, police-led partnerships can be in

tackling crime.

'What is absolutely clear is that fresh approaches to

policing, as recognised by the Tilley Awards, give communities a renewed

sense of safety and confidence by delivering real and tangible changes on

the ground.'

The winner:

* Sergeant Andy Smith, Staffordshire Police, for Safe and Secure -

Twenty Four Seven. This project aimed to cut the number of lorry load

offences after Staffordshire recorded the third highest number of such

incidents of in the UK during 2001. A strategy to tackle thefts from and of

vehicles, anti-social behaviour, prostitution and personal thefts from lorry

drivers began in the Nightowl lorry-park in April 2002. The scheme, which

involved stakeholders including architects and site managers, led to a 62

per cent reduction in crime. Nightowl became the first paying lorry-park to

win a Secure Car Park Award in April 2003.

The runners-up:

* Inspector Chris Weigold, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, for

Operation Hercules. This project tackled escalating firework-related

disorder in St Pauls, Bristol. Powerful fireworks were being fired at

passers-by, police and firefighters as well as houses and cars. Operation

Hercules used a multi-agency strategy, working closely with residents and

Bristol MPs, to prevent disorder in 2003. The project lobbied MPs for

legislative change and as a result the Fireworks Act 2003 was passed.

Officersmade 16 local arrests and seized more then£6000 worth of

fireworks. A number of retailers have also been prosecuted for selling to

juveniles.

* Chief Inspector Julie Earle, Hampshire Constabulary, Operation

Cobra.

During 2002/3 vehicle crime in Portsmouth increased by 16 per cent

while nationally it was decreasing. Operation Cobra centred on the targeting

of known offenders, protecting victims and improving the security of

locations where vehicle crime was most likely. A strong emphasis was also

put on preventing repeat victimisation. During the first nine months of

Operation Cobra overall vehicle crime in Portsmouth fell by 31 per cent.

The above winners receive a silver salver, certificate and financial support

to present their projects to the International Problem Oriented Policing

Conference in America later this year.

Notes

1. The Tilley Award was started in 1999 and will be presented by Hazel

Blears at the National UK Problem Oriented Partnerships Conference at the

NEC Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham between September 7-9.

2. The awards are named after Professor Nick Tilley, Nottingham Trent

University, who has carried out considerable work in the UK, often

commissioned by the Home Office, to develop problem-oriented policing and

are open to all UK police forces.

3. The awards are jointly run by Research Development and Statistics

(RDS) and the Police Standards Unit (PSU) within the Home Office.

4. Further details of Tilley Awards entries are available on the Home

Office website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk

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