In 2017, South Yorkshire Police was awarded £6.35 million of funding from the Home Office to deliver a national problem solving and demand reduction partnership working initiative over three years.
The programme of work helped to transform ways of working across the police by embedding problem solving as a core discipline.
As well as working with fellow forces, we worked in partnership with a number of others to deliver best practice solutions, which have been shared locally, regionally and nationally.
THE KEY DELIVERABLES
All forces across the UK were offered guidance and support in implementing the problem solving discipline.
We directly supported a pilot implementation of the newly created NHP Policing Guidelines in forces across the UK
We piloted an IT system that enables sharing of information on victims, offenders and locations for the first time
We created a national repository for use by police and partners to allow the sharing of best practice regarding problem solving
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
We worked with key stakeholders to develop guidance and minimum standards of training to embed problem solving within the policing and partnership arena
We developed the evidence base on the impact of problem solving and demand reduction activities in police forces by evaluating local pilots and updating the effects of the approach on crime and disorder
We supported NPCC leads to deliver national problem solving workshops in specialist theme areas, that were facilitated by subject matter experts
We re-launched the Tilley Awards, which
celebrate problem oriented projects that have
achieved measurable success in resolving issues
faced by the police, partners and/or the community
We achieved all of our key deliverables from the Problem Solving & Demand Reduction programme...
1. Coordinate networking with supportive stakeholders
2. Identify all the databases and information sources that contain evidence based approaches and make them more operationally accessible
3. Reduce costs and effort by identifying effective tools and make them nationally available
4. Identify organisational good practice in problem solving and make it nationally available (e.g. training)
5. Develop a dynamic and operationally focused network of problem solving experts that include police and community safety practitioners
6. Increase the profile of problem solving by highlighting best practice and generating a reward system
7. Connect good practice in the UK with international good practice
8. Assist forces to identify additional opportunities for demand reduction
9. Identification of opportunities for partners to reduce demand on other partners
10. Identify the need for governmental interventions e.g. A&E figures
“Create opportunities to reduce demand for police and partners by embedding a structured problem solving ethos and capability”
YOU CAN SEE THE PORTFOLIO OF PREVIOUS EVENTS FROM THE PROBLEM SOLVING & DEMAND REDUCTION PROGRAMME BELOW:
Acute Behavioural Disorders
Serious Acquisitive Crime
Police & Prison Collaboration
Tactical Approach to ASB
Missing from Hospitals
Street Sex Workers
Situational Crime Prevention
Missing from Care
You can access all the PowerPoint presentations from our NPCC Workshops on our Knowledge Hub page.
We hosted an open discussion for police and partners to identify the key issues affecting organisations, how each organisation manages them and how we can work together to create innovative synergies.
Knowledge Hub Q&A
We provided delegates with a live demonstration of the knowledge hub and discussed the advantages of the bespoke platform. Attendees provided valuable insight into what requirements they would ask of the service.
Learning & Development Consultation
We showcased the work from the l&d work stream and asked delegates to help guide the next phase of the guidance.
Learning & Development - Implementation Update
We presented the tier system of the L&D guidance to attendees who provided vital feedback around the terminology and interpretation of the documents.
Regional Group - Future Planning Meeting
We brought regional problem solving chairs together to recoginse the positive work they have done and to facilitate open discussions about the future of these groups
Strategic Briefing - Problem Solving & Crime Prevention
We had a meeting of the minds for all the executive problem solving and crime prevention regional leads to maintain the enthusiasm and momentum created.