Innovative approaches to community safety are being celebrated across North Wales with the first NWP POP Awards.
North Wales Police will host the first Problem Orientated Partnership (POP) awards at the Quay, Deganwy, in September when the best projects from across the region will be in the running for prizes of £1,000, £750 and £500 to invest into continuing their work.
Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki said: “There is a huge amount of fantastic work going on within North Wales that our police officers, staff and partners can be proud of – which is really making a difference and keeping our communities safer. Chief officer teams are extremely proud of these achievements and it’s time to celebrate them. In September we will be hosting the first NWP POP Awards to highlight and celebrate the best and most innovative local initiatives from across the force.”
Problem Orientated Partnerships (POP) is a proactive approach to problem solving in a systematic and routine fashion. Rather than responding to crime and incidents only after they happen POP encourages agencies to work together to develop solutions to the immediate underlying conditions contributing to public safety problems. Moreover, where problems do occur, it seems to understand and get to the root causes rather than simply putting a sticking plaster on.
ACC Debicki added: “We know that the remedies often lie beyond the reach of the police alone and that we have to work with partners and other agencies and, at times, the commercial world to succeed. There are examples of POP across North Wales and we want to hear about them. Tell us how you’ve worked with partners to bring about innovative solutions that have worked to make your communities safer and you could be one of the award winners “
Organisations who have worked with North Wales Police on projects can enter on line at the www.north-wales.police.uk.