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Applications open for tenth annual POP Awards

  • By Jim Ranger

Projects which save lives, reduce property crime and tackle anti-social behaviour can now be entered for the tenth annual London Problem Orientated Partnership (POP) Awards.

The POP Awards are a collaboration between London Councils, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Transport for London (TfL).

They celebrate projects which respond to local needs and address the causes of crime – rather than just the consequences – and that are designed and implemented in partnership with local police and communities.

Cllr Lib Peck, London Councils’ executive member for crime and policing, said: “London Councils is pleased to once again support the London Problem Orientated Partnership Awards, which have been an important part of local policing for the last decade.

“These awards recognise the very best local policing solutions, which understand the needs of local people and work with them and a range of partners to make a tangible improvement in people’s lives.”

The Safer Communities POP Award recognises excellence in problem solving in local communities. In 2014, the Gold Award went to Havering for its project tackling crime and disorder in the night-time economy in Romford town centre.

The Safer Travel POP Award rewards partnerships which have improved the safety and security of travel in London. Last year, the joint winners were the British Transport Police and the Roads and Transport Policing Command for their project targeting sexual offences on the transport network, and Haringey Safer Transport Team for their project combating drug use and distribution around Turnpike Lane and Ducketts Common in Wood Green, north London.

Winners will be awarded £1,000 to assist with further problem solving work in their area.

ENDS

Notes to Editor

-    The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 10 July 2015.

-    Problem-orientated partnerships (POP) involves using structured principles to addressing community problems, understanding the underlying causes and designing solutions to positively impact people’s lives.

-    POP has been widely adopted by London's Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and Safer Transport Teams and has been endorsed as a pragmatic means of tackling local priorities identified by the public.

-    Any organisation may enter either POP Award: eligible projects must involve partnerships between agencies, with at least one agency being the Metropolitan Police. Previous entries will be accepted, provided they were not finalists. Entries must show innovative problem solving which has made a difference to locally-identified concerns.

-    Scope of the POP Awards:

o    Safer Communities POP Award
Entries can focus on any aspect of police or partnership work (for example, projects undertaken to reduce specific crime, anti-social behaviour and disorder problems). Past examples have included business crime, volunteer-led crime reduction initiatives, burglary reduction and community cohesion projects.

o    Safer Travel POP Award
Entries can focus on any aspect of police or partnership work that has led to significant reductions in crime, anti-social behaviour or the fear of crime among people travelling in London. It can also be awarded to innovative new projects that foster safety in other forms of travel such as walking and cycling.

-    Judges will look for not just a reduction in crime and disorder but also: evidence of a consistent problem solving approach; good identification of the core issues; appropriate analysis to identify causes; innovative or well-considered and implemented responses; and evaluation of the project.