The search for the most innovative crime fighting project in England and Wales has entered its final phase as the public vote for the 2011 Tilley Awards went live. Sixteen projects are in the running following a nationwide search over the summer….
The public vote will be hosted on the Home Office website and the winner will be announced in December.
Home Office minister of state for policing and criminal justice Nick Herbert said: ‘The Tilley Awards are recognised across the world for highlighting the very best of British crime fighting and this year is no exception. Today‚Äôs finalists deserve to be proud to have made it through to the final round. They have beaten very tough competition.
‘These projects show that when police, councils, charities and the public work together they can make the real, positive changes local communities want to see.
‘I want the public to be as involved as possible in making a difference to how crime is tackled in their area feel empowered and engaged on these issues which is why this year we are opening the Tilley Awards to a public vote.’
More than 100 projects entered this year‚Äôs competition.
The public vote closes on 28 November. The eight national finalists are:
* Drive SMART
Surrey-based project addressing antisocial driving (antisocial behaviour)
* Operation Bluestone
Bristol’s specialist rape team (violence against women and girls)
* Safe bet alliance
Addressing armed robberies of bookmakers in London (acquisitive crime)
* Reducing crime and disorder in the night-time economy
Southampton-based project focussing on town-centre violence (drug or alcohol-related crime)
* One vision, one community, one spirit
Crime reduction and community trust building in Knowsley (community engagement)
* Operation Kincorth
Seasonal project tackling attacks on fire crews and antisocial behaviour (seasonal crime)
* Improving the lives of residents
Range of projects to strengthen the West Leigh community (non-police agency)
* Cowgate, a community at tipping point
Newcastle’s Cowgate Estate project to restore community confidence (other crime types).