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World Class Policing Awards: More details of the outstanding finalists published!

Each week, in the lead up to the inaugural World Class Policing Awards sponsored by Accenture in November, Policing Insight will be publishing details of the 54 finalists. This week, the outstanding nominations include a police cadet scheme for adults with learning difficulties, a new mobile fingerprint reader, a drink awareness project in Australia and many more.

Last week, Policing Insight published the first nine of the 54 finalists in the inaugural World Class Policing Awards. This week we are publishing our second set of finalists reflecting the best of policing practice. 

World Class Policing received well over 100 entries which have been rigorously judged against specific criteria by an expert panel consisting of senior police stakeholders.

Six winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony 14 November. One of the six winners will also scoop the overall prize. 

The awards are listed alphabetically.

First Drinks: First Impressions. Harm Reduction Through Police Engagement

Preventing assaults and youth victimisation in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (NEDs) represents a major drain on police resources, particularly in areas with a thriving nightlife. Police and researchers worked regularly together in Surfers Paradise, Queensland from 9pm-midnight, talking to groups of patrons and offering breathalysing as they entered the NED to highlight levels of intoxication. The result was a groundbreaking 58% drop in assaults, and a 50% decrease in arrests for assault, using only existing police staffing levels.

Lead force: Queensland Police Service

Partners: Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Gloucestershire Constabulary and Treasure Seekers – Be who you are and live your dream.

Kingfisher Treasure Seekers helps vulnerable and disadvantaged adults with learning difficulties (LD) to be the best version of themselves. By enabling Treasure Seekers adults to become volunteer cadets, Gloucestershire Constabulary has hugely increased levels of trust and confidence in the police among this 2,000-strong group. Having previously run away from uniformed officers, initial evaluations show that 100% of LD adults closely connected to the cadets now feel able to approach the police should they need to.

Lead force: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Partners: Kingfisher Treasure Seekers

Health and Wellbeing – The Feel Well Live Well Programme

The award-winning Feel Well Live Well programme, run by the collaborative Health Services department of Essex Police and Kent Police, promotes individuals’ wellbeing in the challenging policing environment. The programme provides tools and techniques for personal resilience, leadership and psychological wellbeing, and reduces mental health stigma in the workplace. Since the successful pilot in 2014, Mental Health for Leaders and Trauma Awareness programmes have been introduced, along with Feel Well Live Well refresher sessions.

Lead force: Kent Police / Essex Police

INK Mobile Biometrics team

When the national mobile fingerprint programme ended in 2017, rather than pay £750,000 for a commercial alternative, the MPS built an in-house solution, enabling it to secure funding and retain the IPR. Within five months the team had developed Identity Not Known (INK), a compact, simple, mobile fingerprint reader. Fingerprint checks have increased from 150 to 700 a week, with 8,500 officers INK-trained, and the MPS is now offering the platform to other forces worldwide.

Lead force: Metropolitan Police Service

Partners: Home office Biometrics (HOB), MPS Digital Policing

Innovation in Procurement to provide efficiency and better outcomes in police custody

A new national detainee meals framework was needed that increased choice and calorific intake, balanced glucose levels, reduced wastage, improved custody staff efficiency, and treated detainees with dignity and respect. The specification was initially deemed unachievable by the marketplace, but through extensive research, gap analysis and a detailed ‘competitive procedure with negotiation’, Essex Police and partners Sharpe Pritchard have secured a framework that will benefit policing, custodians and detainees across over 30 police forces in England and Wales.

Lead force: Essex Police / Kent and Essex Procurement Team

Partners: Sharpe Pritchard, Solicitors & Parliamentary Agents

Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Bridge Model

The IOM delivery across Norfolk and Suffolk has been re-imagined to address the threat, risk and harm presented by the most chaotic offenders. It draws on an innovative use of crime severity scoring, desistance theory and a new framework – The Bridge Model – to deliver a coherent partnership approach to managing chaotic, recidivist offenders. In year one the scheme has seen an average reduction of over 2,500 crimes, and an estimated £9.7m saving against a police expenditure of £1.3m.

Lead force: Norfolk Constabulary / Suffolk Constabulary

Partners: National Probation Service

Joint Operations Unit – from Royal Weddings to D-Day 75

In 12 months the Joint Operations Unit – 900 police officers and staff across Thames Valley and Hampshire – delivered four global policing operations, while maintaining core service delivery and realising £3million efficiency savings. From the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the 75th anniversary D-Day international commemoration (with heads of state including President Trump), to succeed these public-facing operations required a collaborated approach, multi-agency working, and multi-layered protective security, public order and safety plans.

Lead force: Hampshire Constabulary/Thames Valley Police

Local Policing Review – Public Consultation

Facing significant challenges around funding and demand, the Police Service of Northern Ireland needed to consult with the community to inform the future of policing. Previous consultations had struggled because of the complexities of policing and funding. The solution was a user-friendly, online prioritisation simulator, allowing participants to see how moving resources impacted on policing. Coupled with an explanatory animation, this educational approach led to more measured, realistic responses based on budget, challenges and demands.

Lead force: Police Service of Northern Ireland

Partners: Northern Ireland Policing Board

MoRiLE Programme – Team Award

The Management of Risk in Law Enforcement (MoRiLE) programme was created to enable policing and its partners to effectively prioritise activity and make best use of resources. The programme delivers a common risk methodology and language for the use throughout the law enforcement community. It created thematic (strategic) and tactical risk models that are College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice – used by over 80 agencies – as well as organisational and operational risk models, and a MoRiLE Digital solution.

Lead force: NPCC Intel Portfolio

Partners: Police Forces – West Midlands, South Wales Police, Warwickshire/West Mercia, Suffolk/Norfolk, Leicester, Derbyshire, Northants; National Agencies – National Crime Agency, Justice Department; Safer Cornwall Community Safety Partnership; External Partners – Environment Agency, NWG, Intellectual Property Office.

The World Class Policing Awards celebrate and acknowledge the best in all aspects of 21st century policing. The awards reflect that effective modern day policing requires partnership and collaboration, whether in teams of officers and staff; collaboration between forces; multi-agency operations; wider public sector involvement; and collaboration also with the supplier community and beyond.

The awards also recognise that successful outcomes and developments in policing come from a blend of innovative, committed and well trained personnel, serving, engaging and protecting the public, delivering good practice, using technology and systems to police efficiently and effectively.

This year’s awards are supported by National Police Chiefs Council, Police Superintendents’ Association, the Police Federation of England and Wales, the College of Policing, Police ICT and techUK.

The Founder sponsors for the World Class Policing Awards 2019 are  Accenture, Sopra Steria, Chorus Intelligence, Grant Thornton and KPMGPolicing Insight ( and Police Oracle ( are the official Media Partners for the World Class Policing Awards 2019.

Entry for next year’s World Class Policing Awards 2020 will open in the new year.

Read about the other finalists here:

World Class Policing Awards: Final nine finalists announced!
This week, once again, the fantastic nominees cover the gamut of policing from the huge, coordinated response to the poisonings in Salisbury to an integrated anti-stalking unit and the use of video-game technology to create virtual police training scenarios.

World Class Policing Awards: Week five finalists announced!
This week, the brilliant nominees include an operation that has led to the arrest of thousands of drug dealers, a first aid programme for frontline officers that has already saved 15 lives and a telematics fleet system that ensures optimal use of vehicles.

World Class Policing Awards: Week four finalists announced!
This week, the brilliant nominees include an operation to foil an attempt to kill the UK Prime Minister, a project to better support children exposed to domestic abuse and a highly complex investigation that resulted in the conviction of a major organised crime group.

World Class Policing Awards: Nine more outstanding finalists published
This week, our outstanding nominations include a mobile technology project that has freed up over half a million officer hours a year and an intelligence officer whose work targeting online child abuse has led to 270 arrests.

The final countdown: A focus on the finalists for the World Class Policing Awards
From missing people to reducing offending to fulfilling potential in the work place and fast-tracking detectives – Policing Insight is delighted to publish a series of six weekly articles highlighting the 54 finalists for the inaugural World Class Policing Awards. We present the first nine in alphabetical order.

World Class Policing Awards: Shortlisted nominations announced
Following rigorous judging of over 100 UK and overseas entries to the inaugural World Class Policing Awards, the shortlist of nominations has now been finalised! See if your force has made the final cut.

World Class Police Awards Judging Process

Nominations were submitted to an online portal by police forces themselves or by third parties. All nominations were required to have a ‘lead police force’ and be endorsed by the chief constable of that force. The judging panel then reviewed the submissions and scored the nominations out of ten with marks awarded for fulfilling the World Class Policing characteristics and for overall quality of the submission.

The shortlisted nominations all go forward to be represented at the awards ceremony and to be put forward for consideration by the judges when they select the overall winners.

The World Class Policing Awards judging panel

The World Class Policing Awards judging panel is comprised of experienced and expert representatives from across policing in the UK and overseas. They include:

  • John Apter, Chair of the Police Federation for England & Wales
  • Superintendent Danny Hatfield, Chief of Staff at Police Scotland
  • Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie, Police Superintendents’ Association
  • Rachel Tuffin, Director of Knowledge and Innovation at the College of Policing
  • Ian Bell, CEO Police ICT Company
  • Mark Evans OBE, Deputy Chief Executive: Service Delivery at New Zealand Police
  • Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Metropolitan Police Service
  • John Azah, Kingston Race and Equality Council
  • Ben Bradford, Institute for Global Cities at UCL
  • Rick Muir, Director of the Police Foundation
  • Allan Fairley, Chair of techUK’s Justice & Emergency Services Committee
  • Stephen Kavanagh QPM, former Chief Constable of Essex Police and Chair of the World Class Policing Steering Group

Nomination categories

The nominations could represent one or more categories across the range of policing activity:

  • Victim support including improvements in identification of vulnerability
  • New system/technology implementation
  • Outstanding or complex investigations
  • Operations delivering difference
  • Projects driving change
  • Crime prevention reducing harm in communities (real or virtual)
  • Business change to tackle new and emerging offences
  • Training and development in a changing world
  • Employee and officer welfare building sustainable policing

The overall winners will be selected regardless of category but special commendations by category will be awarded where appropriate.

Characteristics of a successful World Class Policing Awards nomination

As well as explaining and evidencing why they represented examples of World Class Policing, the nominations also had to demonstrate and evidence some or all of the characteristics of World Class Policing:

  1. Did the activity demonstrate exceptional performance?
    – Efficiency
    – Effectiveness
    – Improving police legitimacy
    – Value for money
    – Successful outcomes set out and achieved

  2. Did the activity demonstrate progressive policing?
    – Innovative strategy/tactics
    – A new system or technology developed
    – A new technique or practice
    – The activity and benefit can replicated by other organisations
    – Complexities that were overcome

  3. Was the activity collaborative?
    – A team effort or an effort across multiple teams
    – Collaboration with another police force/agency
    – Local collaboration with other agencies
    – National collaboration with other agencies
    – International collaboration with other forces/agencies
    – Industry, academic or 3rd sector collaboration
    – How were strategic hurdles overcome?
    – Free up resource or demand reduction on non-police matters

  4. Did the outcomes benefit the public/victims?
    – Crime prevention/reduction
    – Minimise risk or harm
    – Victim/witness welfare
    – Public engagement
    – Free up resource or demand reduction
    – Positive handling of diverse and vulnerable groups (young people, women, mentally infirm, BAME, LBGT+ etc)

  5. Does the activity take into account officer/staff welfare?
    – Improved working conditions
    – Improved welfare or support
    – Improved skills through training and development
    – Improved job satisfaction
    – Improved inclusion or reduction of stigma
    – Positive handling of diverse and vulnerable officers and staff (women, mentally infirm, BAME, LBGT+ etc)

  6. Does the activity benefit how suspects and offenders are handled for better outcomes?
    – Early intervention
    – Rehabilitation
    – Restorative justice
    – Reduce re-offending
    – Positive handling of diverse and vulnerable suspects and offenders (young people, women, mentally infirm, BAME, LBGT+ etc)

The judges awarded points for these characteristics and for the overall quality of the submission, producing an overall mark out of ten. Those nominations scoring seven or above were selected for the shortlist to be represented and recognised at the awards ceremony.

The six winners including an overall winner will be selected by the judging panel on a further in-person judging day. Further commendations by category will be awarded where appropriate.

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