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Vote for Enfield in National Crime Fighting Awards Final!

Published Tuesday, 09 October 2012

Vote for Enfield in the National Crime Fighting Awards!

Vote Enfield

Enfield has been selected as a national finalist in the search for the most innovative crime fighting project in England and Wales.

Eleven projects are in the running as the public vote for the 2012 Tilley Awards went live, with the winner being announced in December.

You can vote for Enfield here

Among the finalists is an Enfield gangs project set up after a series of violent incidents led to several youth murders in 2008.

Gang members were invited to England’s first Call-In, a hard hitting court session where the mother of a murdered young person, A&E surgeons and former gang members exposed the harsh reality of gang life.

Areas where gangs operated were re-designed, reducing antisocial behaviour and weapon sweeps removed 200 hidden knives and guns from neighbourhoods. Enfield was also the first North London borough to obtain a gang injunction which later led to a 14-month prison sentence being imposed.  This work has resulted in a 50 per cent reduction in both serious violence and antisocial behaviour in gang areas, and a long term reduction of 28 per cent in youth violence.

Christine Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Community, Wellbeing and Public Health said: “This project has had a significant positive impact on our local community and I am delighted it has been short-listed for this prestigious award.

"Residents have identified gangs and youth violence as the top priority for Enfield. As a result, we have been working very hard to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to tackle the issue.

"The pioneering use of the Gang Call-In, where gang members are given the chance to change their ways, has led to many young people achieving positive outcomes including gaining employment and engaging in reparation work that benefits the local community.

"As a Ward Councillor, I have experienced first-hand significant progress in our vision to make Enfield a safer place where young people can achieve their potential. Residents have commented to me that they feel safer and more confident in their local community. We will continue to provide improved opportunities for young people by building on the success of this project.”

Jeremy Browne, Minister of State for Crime Prevention said: "The Tilley Awards are recognised across the world for highlighting the very best of British crime fighting and this year is no exception. Today’s finalists should be proud that they have beaten some tough competition to make it through to the finals. 

“These projects show that when police, councils, charities and the public work together they can make the real, positive changes to issues that  matter to  local communities.

“I want the public to feel as engaged as possible in how crime is tackled locally which is why we are once again opening the shortlisted entries to a public vote. I would encourage anyone to view the excellent projects on the Tilley Awards shortlist and select their favourite.”

More than 70 projects entered this year’s competition. The public vote closes on 2 November.

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