Officers from Sheffield’s Central and North West Neighbourhood team will be heading to the USA later this year after being nominated for the prestigious Herman Goldstein Problem Solving Awards.
The team have been shortlisted for their innovative work around tackling spice use in Sheffield city centre, which also scooped a Tilley Award in April.
Their inventive approach which included targeted patrols and partnership working, led to a 39% reduction in crime in the area around Sheffield Cathedral within a three-month period in 2018.
The Goldstein Awards recognise outstanding police officers and forces across the world who are engaging in effective problem-solving efforts to reduce crime and disorder.
PC Libby Bettney and Sergeant Ben Hanson will travel to the US in November, to present the team’s work to a judging panel made up of world-class researchers.
Sergeant Ben Hanson said: “It’s a huge honour for the team to be recognised on an international stage. A big part of what we have been doing is around improving how we work with partners, including the local authority drug and alcohol team, this has been vital to our success so far.
“We started this work to try and make the city centre a better, safer place to work and visit and we’ve seen great results, this nomination is the icing on the cake.”
Inspector John Mallows said: “This is fantastic news; not only recognising the efforts of the whole team, but also the work Libby and Ben have put in to improve on our original application. I would also like to mention the University of Lancashire who have been a great support to the team.
“It’s important to say that this work is continuing to have a positive impact on key issue for us in the city centre. Spice use is something that has had an impact on numerous businesses and residents in Sheffield, and at the heart of the positive action we’re taking are my officers trying to improve things for the community they are part of.
“As well as being a boost for Sheffield, it’s also an important moment for the force, and recognition for how neighbourhood policing is working across South Yorkshire.”
Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “I am very proud of Libby, Ben and the whole Central and North West Neighbourhood Team. This nomination is testament to their hard work and the solid leadership we have in place. I wish them all the luck in the world for their trip to America.
“The public should be confident that we have one of the best teams in the business delivering Neighbourhood Policing, recognised locally and now internationally.”