At this year's annual Problem Orientated Partnerships (POP) Awards a gold award has been given to the Lambeth policing team and their partnership colleagues, in recognition of their efforts to decrease illegal gambling on Westminster Bridge.
In its eleventh year, the ceremony - held on Thursday, 24 November at Empress State building, Earls Court - was hosted by Commander Julian Bennett and recognised the work of Met officers and local partners to make communities in and around London safe.
The judging panel is made up of representatives from the Met, Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC), Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils - a think-tank and lobbying organisation that promotes the London's 33 Councils.
They looked for evidence of strong collaborative problem solving between the MPS and other agencies. The contestants' aims were to identify problems, understand what factors caused that problem to persist and create ways to reduce the negative impact and improve the lives of Londoners.
This year there were six shortlisted entries with the top three being awarded gold, silver and bronze.
The Gold award went to London Borough of Lambeth for their project to decrease illegal gambling on Westminster Bridge and the surrounding area. The 'cup and ball' scam has been a growing problem for around ten years on Westminster Bridge, the Lambeth project team devised a solution to improve the area and reduce demand on police.
Silver was also awarded to London Borough of Lambeth for a project which addressed the high levels of anti-social behaviour and theft taking place in Clapham's Night Time Economy premises and on the streets.
The Bronze award went to the Metropolitan Police Service's Territorial Policing Capability and Support Unit for their ongoing MetTrace project to tackle burglary across London.
Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, said: "Going back to the Peel principles at the creation of the Met, preventing crime has been our primary duty. I can think of no occasion where it is not better to prevent the harm and stop someone becoming a victim. Indeed, we have set ourselves to put 'Prevention First' at the heart of how we police London.
"These awards represent the very best of innovative problem solving. Innovation that keeps people safe, prevents crime and improves lives. Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you for the real contribution you are making to keeping London safe."
Peter Prater from the POP Awards' Principal Sponsor, Frequentis, said: "We are proud to have been associated with the eleventh Annual London Problem Orientated Partnership Awards and we congratulate all those participating and particularly those receiving awards. Collaboration and innovation in service improvement are hallmarks we applaud and we thank all involved for their continued efforts to keep citizen safe."
Lambeth's Borough Commander Richard Wood, said: "I am really proud of my officers for the work they have done both on Westminster Bridge and in Clapham. To receive first and second prizes in these awards demonstrates the dedication and innovation that Lambeth officers are displaying on a day-to-day basis.
"In particular, the Westminster Bridge project was a landmark achievement in a tricky area of legislation, and the team's perseverance and refusal to give up has led to this award."
The remaining three shortlisted entries were from Havering, Hillingdon and Sutton boroughs.