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Problem Solving Conference

Tuesday 12th November 2019


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Conference Objectives:

  • To refresh our understanding on problem solving
  • To consider how to reduce severity and prevent high harm crimes through problem solving
  • To consider how we can work more effectively together

Strategic partnership leaders were invited to attend a Problem Solving Conference hosted by Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire PCC on Tuesday 12th November 2019.  The event was aimed at refreshing and reinvigorating thinking around problems solving, focussing particularly upon reducing high harm incidents and working together with neighbourhood policing teams to build this into Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Action Plans.

Supt Colin McFarlane, from South Yorkshire Police and a member of the national Problem Solving Programme set the scene by highlighting the importance of problem solving, how it can reduce demand and introducing a wide range of resources available to partners as a result of the national programme.  Throwing down the gauntlet, he quoted Albert Einstein, who said “Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”

 Levin Wheller, from the College of Policing talked about the Problem Solving Evidence Base, providing a great overview of the subject, explaining why a problem solving approach makes sense, the benefits of SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment) and working in partnership.  We can all help to identify effective practice through robust evaluation. 

 Dave Wakelin, Interim Director of the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), provided an overview of the brand new VRU.  The VRU is based on SARA and a Public Health approach, underpinned by partnership working, co-production, early intervention, data analysis and a sound evidence base.

 Professor Andromachi Tseloni was able to provide an early insight into some exciting research on Anti-Social Behaviour which has been undertaken by a team led by Dr James Hunter from Nottingham Trent University, in partnership with Professor Nick Tilley from University College London.  The research provided delegates with an insight into ASB, the risk factors and protective factors.  Further research is being planned looking at ASB prediction and reporting maps, together with exploration of the journey from ASB to offending and whether ASB and crime offenders are the same.

 The conference then heard from two of Nottinghamshire’s own Neighbourhood Policing Inspectors: Inspector Nick Butler and Inspector Riz Khan, who spoke about the successful work they had been undertaking with partners in Mansfield and the Arboretum area of Nottingham.  In Mansfield, Operation Prolate, tackling Mamba use has made a real difference and the presentation got delegates thinking about how they could tackle similar problems in their own communities.   The Arboretum case study similarly showed how the use of data could be brought to bear in a problem solving approach.

 Delegates then came together to discuss how they could make inroads around some of the key issues facing their communities, including: violence against the person, robbery, burglary, sexual offending, serious organised crime and substance misuse.

You can download some of these presentations below:

Insp Riz Khan
Nottinghamshire Police
Professor Andromachi Tseloni
Nottingham Trent University
Levin Wheller
College of Policing

Local Problem Solving Case Studies

Understanding Victimisation Risk in Anti-Social Behaviour

If you would like a copy of this presentation, please contact Prof Tseloni direct

 What is the Problem-Solving
Evidence Base?