Tilley Awards 2006

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Winner! Operation SeaQuest

Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire, UK

In the aftermath of the Morecambe Bay tragedy where 23 cockle farmers lost their lives, Lancashire Police began Operation Sea Quest by establishing an action group with members from a variety of agencies - ranging from the Sea Fisheries Committee to the Coast Guard to the Department of Work and Pensions. The group then used an intelligence-led, cohesive approach to develop safe practices for cockle-harvesters. This has meant significant improvements to the safety of those working on the cockle beds, and to the quality of life for the local community.

Operation Mullion

Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire, UK

This operation targeted Mayfield School - the largest secondary school in Portsmouth, which suffered from persistent anti-social behaviour and had more reported crimes in a year than all the other schools in Portsmouth combined. Operation Mullion set out a long-term plan to address the problem through Hampshire Constabulary's Problem Resolution In a Multi-agency Environment Strategy (PRIME). Using guidance given from the Government's Safer Schools Partnership and the Association of Chief Police Officers paper on National Crime Recording Standards, they were able to work with students and involve the community and local media in addressing the school's problems. As a result they lowered mobile phone thefts by 95%, and criminal damage and vehicle crime by 100%.

Street Population Street Drinkers in Camberwell

Metropolitan Police Service, London, UK

The Southwark/Camberwell Green Safer Neighbourhood Team used a cross-agency approach to deal with its longstanding problem with street drinkers. The problem had worsened over the course of years, increasing from a few street drinkers on the benches in Camberwell Green into threatening groups of 50 congregated in busy areas. The community wanted the problem tackled once and for all, so the team aimed for a long-term solution to anti-social behaviour related to the street drinking. Working with Southwark Council Community Safety, the police arranged for new protocols between the various agencies to help them exchange information. Individual drinkers were 'case conferenced' and their specific needs (housing, health, mental, etc) addressed. A process of escalating enforcement, including anti-social behaviour orders was supported by primary care trust and local authorities. The result was a nearly 90% reduction in the number of street drinkers.