The 10th annual Problem Orientated Partnerships (POP) Awards have taken place at New Scotland Yard, opened by Commander Mak Chishty.
The awards were created to promote the excellent partnership work between the police, local authorities and other agencies to make communities safer and to promote safer travel in and around London.
The judges looked for evidence of strong collaborative problem solving between the MPS and other agencies. This meant identifying problems, what factors cause problems to persist and designing systematic and innovative ways to reduce the problem’s impact and improve the lives of people in London.
The scheme is a collaboration between the Metropolitan Police Service, London Councils, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Transport for London (TfL).
Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were given out in two categories: Safer Communities and Safer Travel.
The Gold Award in the Safer Communities category went to Newham Borough for their project which tackled ASB and criminality within the private rented sector.
Silver was awarded to Newham Borough for Operation Alabama which tackles the problem of rough sleeping and illegal encampments.
The Bronze award went to Waltham Forest Borough for their project which tackled burglary in schools.
The Gold Award in the Safer Travel category went to a joint venture between Transport for London and the Roads & Transport Policing Command, tackling the fear of crime on the 25 bus route.
Silver was awarded to Ealing Safer Transport team for a project which tackled bicycle theft in Haven Green and Ealing Broadway.
The bronze award went to Lambeth Safer Transport Team for their initiative ‘Turning Vauxhall Purple’ aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in order to attain Purple Flag status.
Notes to editors
- To view the videos for each finalist, visit the Metropolitan Police’s YouTube channel.
- For summaries of each project and photos of the event, contact Sgt Sarah Burrell ([email protected]).
- Problem Oriented Partnership (POP) work emerged in policing in the late 1970s in the USA. The POP approach is based on the close working of a number of agencies, not just the police, with local communities. It involves focusing on the root causes of a problem and coming up with tailored solutions which greatly reduce the negative impact that it has on people’s lives.
- The POP approach has been successful in addressing a wide range of crime and anti-social behaviour problems which traditional enforcement policing methods alone have not been able to (including abandoned vehicles, bullying in schools, child pornography on the internet, domestic violence, graffiti, street robbery, gang and serious youth violence and metal theft).