Celebrating at the POP Awards

The North Wales Police Problem Orientated Partnerships (POP) Awards returned this year to celebrate initiatives from across the Force area which have showcased proactive partnership working to develop solutions to underlying conditions contributing to public safety problems.

Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

The First place prize was awarded to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd who have worked on an initiative with North Wales Police, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and HM Coroner Mr John Gittins to identify a new model in which the need for North Wales Police to attend the hospital has been reduced.

In July 2015, it was identified that there was significant demand being placed on North Wales Police due to the existing service provision at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan.

Sergeant Bethan Jones led on a piece of work to identify where the demand was originating from and how the agencies could work better together to reduce demand on North Wales Police, whilst also taking into account the safeguarding and protection of the vulnerable service users and providers on site.

Flintshire Early Help Hub

Second place was given to the Flintshire Early Help Hub which was set up in the summer of 2017. North Wales Police, Flintshire County Council, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Flintshire Local Voluntary Council came together to develop a new approach in line with the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014 as well as other statutory powers to prevent crime and disorder, keep children safe and improve the wellbeing of children.

Professionals have been able to refer into the hub to support families that do not meet social services thresholds. This multi-agency approach allows professionals to understand all the options available to the families and decide on the best way to support them.

In joint third were the NPS Taskforce, Wrexham and Park Road Car Park, Rhuthin.

NPS Task force

The NPS Taskforce was concerned with the problem that the Grosvenor ward of Wrexham Town was suffering from the impact of the use and supply of new psychoactive substances, namely anti-social behaviour, criminal activity and negative public perceptions. The challenge was how to integrate services to understand and address complex issues from a cohort of chaotic individuals with substance and alcohol dependencies.

Park Road Car Park, Rhuthin

The Park Road Car Park project in Rhuthin has installed concrete blocks into the car park after several years of North Wales Police receiving complaints of anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving by groups of car owners, who were driving at speed around the car park, playing loud music and littering. A problem solving group was established and worked in partnership to find a simple solution to address the problem.

This year’s runners up included Op Darwen and Op Luxuries. Op Darwen focuses on effective enforcement, reviews of fatal sites, engagement and education with the motorcycle community. Op Luxuries have been tackling the issue of County Lines in the Mold area.Op Luxuries

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Neill Anderson said: “Problem solving has long been instrumental in the way that we work and is a fundamental skill required from our Police Officers, Police Staff and Volunteers.

“Due to the significant pressures that our respective organisations are under, it is more important than ever that we work closer together to share ideas and better ways of working. Partnership working is not just about reducing demand or saving money, it is about a collaborative approach to solving those issues which matter most to the people we are here to help.

“I would like to congratulate all of the finalists, who have all showcased examples of agencies working together to develop solutions to problems and have made a real and positive impact to our communities in making North Wales a safer place to live, work and visit.”

The Key note speaker was Sylvia Chenery, Managing Associate of Applied Criminology Associates. Sylvia has worked for over 30 years with Police and Criminal Justice Agencies as a researcher, consultant and trainer to police and their criminal justice partners around the world.

In April, applicants were invited to submit their problem solving initiatives which were then entered into a selection process. At each stage of the process, the judges considered a number of factors to shortlist the six finalists. The judging panel was made up of Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Richard Debicki, Chief Officer of Community & Volunteer Support Conwy (CVSC) Wendy Jones, Professor Stuart Kirby from the University of Central Lancashire, CGI Vice President Tim Roberts-Holmes and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Griffith.