Streetsport Wins Scottish Police Excellence Award

RGU’s Streetsport has been honoured at the annual Scottish Police Excellence Awards. The awards recognise excellence and innovation in Scottish policing and are sponsored by Police Mutual with the support of the Scottish Police Authority and the Scottish Government.

In partnership with Torry Community Policing and Aberdeen Community Safety Partnership, the Police Scotland North East Division scooped the Greatest Contribution to Policing Priorities Award for their efforts with ‘Operation Smallwood’ in reducing ongoing anti-social behaviour by youths in public spaces in the Torry area of Aberdeen.

Designing out crimeThroughout the operation a number of issues were addressed by effective partnership working and a range of preventative, pro-active and diversionary activities that were put in place.

Cameron Craddock, Co-founder of Streetsport and Communication Design Course Director at Gray’s School of Art, said: “Streetsport was launched 10 years ago by Communication Design staff and students at Gray’s School of Art in partnership RGU Sport, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. Designing out Crime is a programme of activities supported by the UK Design Council and as such the course has been exploring the role of the designer in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour whilst encouraging wellness, health promotion and social integration.

“Gray’s has an established reputation for engagement within our local communities and this project had enabled successive students to contribute to a wide range of creative activities in collaboration with a variety of project partners, sponsors and stakeholders. Existing impact measures of the Streetsport programme are notable and in some instances we have helped reduce reports of youth crime; anti-social behaviour and wilful fire-raising by over 80%.”

Streetsport’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Williams said “Partnership work aimed at tackling around anti-social behaviour is making huge difference in many local communities around Aberdeen and we were proud to play a part in Operation Smallwood as we continue to work in partnership with Aberdeen’s Community Safety Hub and other stakeholders across the city.

“We are delighted to be recognised for our contribution to this award and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank everyone involved in this community initiative including our sponsors, delivery partners, volunteers and RGU staff and students. The award recognises the remarkable levels of dedication, creativity and enthusiasm displayed by every member of the team.”

Councillor Martin Greig, Chair of Aberdeen Community Safety Partnership, said: “Streetsport has contributed a great deal to the wellbeing and safety of our city. The scheme provides a very well run set of leisure activities which have proven to be enormously popular and effective. This gives young people an excellent opportunity to be involved in sport in their local areas. The project is fun and enjoyable for the participants and an important additional consequence is the benefit to the community as a whole. Streetsport makes a considerable and positive difference around the city. I am delighted that their splendid work has been recognised”.

Inspector Jason Carrigan, Community Safety Partnership Hub commented: “As a team we were delighted to be recognised for our work around Operation Smallwood. The Excellence Award recognised the strength of partnership work between the partners within the Community Safety Partnership Hub, Torry Community Policing Team and the Denis Law Legacy Trust’s Streetsport initiative which is based at RGU.

“In the last year it was our ambition to not only reduce offending and antisocial behaviour by young people in the Torry area, but to identify what support we could provide as a group to improve the aspirations of young people and help them to reach positive destinations. The Operation was geared around prevention and longevity for the area and designed to feed into work currently being undertaken with Locality Planning in Torry, whilst also being set against a robust set of strategic aims.

“As a team we are not complacent and although we have achieved success in our work with Operation Smallwood we are already looking forward, examining how we can enhance our collaborative service and improve the future outcomes of young people in Torry”.

Gordon Riddel, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service said: “I am delighted that the Streetsport initiative has been recognized for their contribution to Operation Smallwood. The initiative has played a key role in reducing anti-social behavior across the City and the commitment and flexibility of both staff and volunteers has to be applauded.

“A measurable impact for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has been one of a positive reduction in wilful fire-raising across the City.

“This is a fantastic example of collaborative working at its best and is certainly well worthy of recognition.”

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