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Community Peer Mentors win important national award


Durham and Darlington Community Peer Mentors were the overall winner of the 2018/19 Tilley Award at the National Problem Solving and Demand Reduction conference, on Thursday 28 March.

The Peer Mentors pipped the four other category winners to the post to win the prestigious award after receiving the highest combined score for their project and presentation.

Jim Cunningham from the Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner’s project team, along with the four other category finalists, presented their projects to the Tilley Award judges and the audience during the conference. The judging panel comprised of Chief Constable Stephen Watson of South Yorkshire Police, Professor Nick Tilley, Professor Stuart Kirby, Sylvia Chenery and Mario Demetriou.

Jim Cunningham, Project Lead for the Community Peer Mentor project, said: “It is a great honour highlighting what a problem solving approach can achieve when support, encouraged and championed as it is by Durham Police Crime and Victims Commissioner, Durham Constabulary and South Yorkshire Police. The real winners are the volunteers and area coordinators who brilliantly support vulnerable and isolated people across County Durham and Darlington, they are amazing, it is very humbling for me personally to be recognised by the Tilley Awards”.

Sponsor of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme, ACC Lauren Poultney, South Yorkshire Police, said “All of the category winners were excellent examples of the different problem solving initiatives taking place across the country and it was a very close call for judging. I’d like to congratulate Jim Cunningham from the Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner’s Office and each of the finalists, as it is a great achievement to have been selected as both a category and overall winner given the number and quality of entries submitted.

“The Tilley Awards aim to celebrate problem-orientated projects that demonstrate the use of scanning, analysis, response and assessment methodology to transform ways of working across police and partners, and I’m extremely pleased we have been able to create the opportunity to relaunch them as part of the Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme.”

Acclaimed professor and member of the Tilley Award judging panel, Nick Tilley, also commented on the winning project, “Jim Cunningham led a great project and is a worthy winner. The project has benefited from continuous improvement over a sustained period. It reflects Jim’s passion, imagination, hard work and cool thinking.

Ron Hogg added “I am delighted that so many Police Officers from Durham Constabulary have been recognised for their innovative and effective contributions to community safety. The work of Jim Cunningham and the Community Peer Mentors has made a huge difference to the lives of so many people, and also been effective in reducing the demand on the force. I would like to thank Jim personally for his hard work, and to congratulate him and all the Peer Mentors for receiving this prestigious and well-deserved award.”


Posted on Thursday 4th April 2019
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