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Shortlist announced for tenth annual POP Awards

  • By Jim Ranger

The shortlist for the tenth annual Problem Oriented Partnerships (POP) Awards has been announced, showcasing the best in innovative policing across London.

The POP Awards are partnership between the Metropolitan Police Service, London Councils (the umbrella organisation for the 33 London local authorities), the Mayor’s Office for Crime and Policing (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.”

This year’s short-listed projects are:

Safer Travel

Ealing Safer Transport Team – Ealing Broadway bike thefts
Roads and Transport Policing Command and Transport for London – Route 25 fear of crime
Lambeth Safer Transport Team – Turning Vauxhall Purple
 
Safer Communities

Newham – antisocial behaviour and criminality in privately rented property
Waltham Forest – tackling burglary in schools
Newham – Operation Alabama: tackling antisocial behaviour associated with rough sleeping and encampments

Winners in each category will receive £1000 to assist with further problem-solving projects in their area.

The 2015 POP Awards will take place at New Scotland Yard on Monday 26 September.

ENDS

Notes to editors

-    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.