View Tilley Award winners 2002




The Tilley Award 2002

The Tilley Award, which runs annually, was set up
by the Home Office Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
(PRCU) in 1999 to encourage and recognise good practice
in problem-orientated policing.

The Award, funded by the Crime Reduction Programme
was named after Professor Nick Tilley who has played an
important role in the development of problem-orientated
policing in the UK, and is open to all UK police forces.

There are two categories of winner. The first
category recognises achievement in reducing crime and
disorder through the application of a problem-orientated
The second category recognises the need to build
effective organisational support to ensure that
problem-orientated policing initiatives to reduce crime
and disorder can be sustainable. The winners beat 71
entries to the 2002 Tilley Award.

In 2002, instead of runners-up, there were also
awards for best projects in the Home Office Priority
Areas of: vehicle crime, domestic burglary, robbery,
violence, anti-social behaviour, and fear of crime.

2002 Tilley Award Winners:

Awards for best project in Home Office Priority

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Crime and Disorder Reduction Category Winner
2000+, Lancashire

Contact: PC Keith Collins Tel 01524 596699

The Lune Valley, Lancashire is a rural beauty spot
and a nationally recognised haunt for sports bike
riders. It is popular with large numbers of
motorcyclists who ride dangerously, with little regard
for other road users, the local community, speed limits,
and themselves.

A 2001 traffic survey showed that 4000 bikes visited
the area every weekend, and over 28,000 annually. An
in-depth analysis highlighted the high proportion of
fatal and serious motorcycle collisions in the area, and
registration of new motorcycles rising nationally by
42%. A large percentage bought by riders who ride beyond
their capabilities with disastrous consequences.

In April 1999, the Bikesafe 2000+ initiative was
devised, comprising a five-point plan:
Awareness – Education – Partnerships – Training –
, to promote links with community safety,
and addressing national and force casualty reduction

It was projected that in 2001 casualties in the area
would increase by 31%. The initiative saw casualties
reduced significantly in 2001 for the first time in 5
years with fatalities reduced by 100% to zero (set
against five in 2000). Serious injuries were also
reduced by 25%. Overall riding standards improved
leading to a 92% reduction in complaint letters from the
local community.

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Organisational Support Category Winner
Bridging the Gap, Lancashire

Contact: PC Helen Clegg Tel 01772 618642

The organisation and recruitment of volunteers for
Identification (ID) Parades became a problem for
Lancashire Constabulary. Parades were regularly
cancelled due to the lack of volunteers and the
unreliability of those recruited.
This resulted in wasted police time, poor quality of
service for the public, and a lack of positive
identifications for cases going to court.

PC Clegg, as the University of Central Lancashire’s
Community Beat Officer, formed a partnership with Alison
Hughes at The Bridge – the employment centre for the
university. After upgrading existing computer equipment
to allow for descriptive searches to find volunteers for
ID Parades, they were then able to input into the
database volunteers from the staff and student body.
Officers would then be able to contact The Bridge
requesting volunteers from the database.

Between November 2001 and January 2002 thirty ID
Parades were run at Central Division – 22 of those used
The Bridge. A survey was sent to the officers that had
used the service to ask for their views. The responses
were very positive with some stating the service was
useful and saved them time.

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Anti-social Behaviour
Car Cruisers, Avon and Somerset

Contact: Supt Lawrie Lewis & PC Clive Raw Tel
01275 816842

From early 1999 Avon and Somerset Constabulary began
to experience what initially appeared to be spontaneous
gatherings of several hundred modified cars – ‘cruises’,
increasing the existing concern of the police and the
community. A minor nuisance rapidly grew into a major
nuisance, challenging public safety and intimidating
legitimate users of car parking areas.

Although gaining control of ‘cruises’ already
underway was important it was also recognised that
control alone was not the solution. A viable alternative
was to give ‘cruisers’ a safe and organised sanctioned

The sanctioned event provided an opportunity for the
police to build bridges with the ‘cruisers’ – to impart
road safety advice, crime prevention advice and to make
sure their vehicle modifications were legal. Immediate
success has been measured by the demise of unsanctioned
‘cruises’ and the support for the first sanctioned

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Vehicle Crime
Car Clear Partnership, Avon and
Somerset Constabulary

Contact: Insp Paul Bunt Tel 0117 926 2061

A partnership between the Police, the Fire Service
and the Local Authorities was formed in late 2000 to
combat the growing problem of vehicle arson and
abandoned vehicles.

The Car Clear Partnership decided on a strategy aimed
at reducing vehicle arson and speeding up the recovery
of abandoned vehicles. It revolved around 4 elements:

  • Community Awareness: Informing the public
    of the problem and offering them ways of helping to
    reduce it.

  • Targeting Offenders: Entering schools and
    educating the key offender group of 14-16 year olds
    and applying peer pressure by discussion and

  • Reducing the Supply of Unroadworthy Vehicles:
    Offering the public ways of surrendering their
    “end of life” vehicle which was cost
    effective for them.

  • Vehicle Removal Scheme: Identifying
    potential targets for vehicle arson and removing
    them from the street.

A trial was conducted in the South Bristol area
between January and September 2001. South Bristol was
chosen as statistically it had the most problems in the
region with over 800 vehicle arsons a year. Elements of
strategy proved very successful – vehicle arson was
reduced by 3.5% at a time when the rest of Bristol
suffered an increase of 20%.

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Fear of Crime
The Future is……Yellow!,
Lancashire Constabulary

Contact: Acting Insp Brian Quinn Tel
01524 596636

During 1998/99 police officers within
the Lancaster city area were set the target of reducing
autocrime by 10% within five years. The division reached
this target within 12 months and by March 2001 autocrime
had reduced by 26%. There was also a significant
reduction in burglaries.

In spite of these results feedback from
the public showed that the fear of crime had risen.
Analysis was initiated to establish what actions were
needed to reverse this trend. It showed residents wanted
increased visibility of authority figures, increased
accessibility to the police, and increased willingness
and ability to tackle quality of life issues.

An opportunity arose in 2001 when local
authorities informed the police of their intention to
undertake responsibility for the decriminalisation of
policing parking legislation in 2 years time. As a
result redeployment of 6 traffic wardens to police
controlled community safety wardens was introduced. The
wardens promoted public reassurance during the pilot
period by 10%.

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St John‘s Road Sheltered Housing
Scheme, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Contact: PC Brett Gitsham Tel 01935

In 2000 the Government announced they
would be open to bids from local policing sectors and
Local Authorities with the intention to reduce the
number of burglaries. Following analysis, one particular
Sheltered Housing Scheme, known as St John’s Road in
Yeovil, stood out as it was experiencing a larger
frequency of offences than any others.

A minimum reduction of 30% was expected
within the first year and six objectives were set:

  • To reduce burglary across the
    district by 5%

  • To enhance and develop services
    provided for victims

  • Encourage and develop NHW and the
    networking of such schemes

  • Encourage and develop awareness of
    crime prevention measures/home security

  • Develop ways of reducing victims
    becoming repeat victims

  • Encourage a greater understanding of
    the realities of burglary within the community

Following extensive surveys of the
scheme, and the input of a ‘specialist consultant’ (a
reformed burglar), a number of preventative measures
were taken by all the concerned parties. As a result the
project received �34,900 of Home Office funding.

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BAND – Burnley Against Night-time
Disorder, Lancashire Constabulary

Contact: PC Andy Moore Tel 01282

During the summer of 2000 it was evident
that the number of assaults within Burnley town centre
were at an unacceptable level. After extensive scanning
and analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data a
response was formulated.

BAND was launched in November 2000 in an
attempt to provide a holistic and partnership approach
to reduce incidents of violence and disorder within the
town centre.

A pub watch style scheme was established
where licensees could ban violent or anti-social people
from their premises in addition to being dealt with via
the criminal justice system.

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A Safe Route, West Midlands Police

Contact: Sgt Steve Blake Tel 0121 322

King Edward VI Aston School is a private
grammar school situated in one of the most deprived
areas of the City of Birmingham, every day over 750
pupils walk to the school and back from the local train
station and bus stops. The pupils have to use a variety
of unsafe routes which lead to a large number being
robbed by local youths.

A Safe Route between the railway
station, bus stops and the school was established and
details of an agreement were drawn. The agreement was
formally signed at a school assembly, details of which
were fully explained to the pupils by Police Officers. A
copy of the agreement and route map were sent to all

Since its implementation there have been
no robberies on the Safe Route and police resources have
been able to focus on other local issues.

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Date modified: 11 September 2003
Review date:  September 2004
Originator: Crime Reduction College Information


Last update:  16/09/02

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