The World Class Policing Awards sponsored by Accenture celebrated and acknowledged the best in all aspects of 21st century policing. The awards reflect that effective modern day policing requires partnership and collaboration, whether in teams of officers and staff; collaboration between forces; multi-agency operations; wider public sector involvement; and collaboration also with the supplier community and beyond. The awards also recognised that successful outcomes and developments in policing come from a blend of innovative, committed and well trained personnel, serving, engaging and protecting the public, delivering good practice, using technology and systems to police efficiently and effectively.

The World Class Policing Awards aims to:

Recognise examples of “world class” policing
Celebrate excellence in policing, both in the United Kingdom and around the world
Encourage modern, progressive, collaborative and effective policing
Showcase individual, team and organisational achievement and success
Promote the sharing and delivery of innovation and good practice

The World Class Policing Awards 2019 were led by a Steering Committee consisting of:

  • Stephen Kavanagh QPM, former Chief Constable of Essex Police and Chair of the World Class Policing Awards Steering Committee
  • Paul Leeks, MD of Glasgows - the awards and events specialists who have delivered the Bravery Awards for the Police Federation of England and Wales for the past eight years
  • Allan Fairley, UK Public Safety MD for Accenture and Chair of techUK's Justice & Emergency Services Committee
  • Ian Barrett - CoPaCC Director and publishing professional in the police sector with experience developing and delivering the Police Review Gala Awards
  • Bernard Rix, Publisher of Policing Insight

Judging panel

The World Class Policing Awards 2019 judging panel was comprised of experienced and expert representatives from across policing in the UK and overseas. They included:

  • John Apter, Chair of the Police Federation for England & Wales
  • Superintendent Danny Hatfield, Chief of Staff at Police Scotland
  • Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie, Police Superintendents’ Association
  • Rachel Tuffin, Director of Knowledge and Innovation at the College of Policing
  • Ian Bell, CEO Police ICT Company
  • Mark Evans OBE, Deputy Chief Executive: Service Delivery at New Zealand Police
  • Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Metropolitan Police Service
  • John Azah, Kingston Race and Equality Council
  • Ben Bradford, Institute for Global Cities at UCL
  • Rick Muir, Director of the Police Foundation
  • Allan Fairley, Chair of techUK’s Justice & Emergency Services Committee
  • Stephen Kavanagh QPM, former Chief Constable of Essex Police and Chair of the World Class Policing Steering Group

Nomination categories

Finalists projects represented one or more categories across the range of policing activity:

  • Victim support including improvements in identification of vulnerability
  • New system/technology implementation
  • Outstanding or complex investigations
  • Operations delivering difference
  • Projects driving change
  • Crime prevention reducing harm in communities (real or virtual)
  • Business change to tackle new and emerging offences
  • Training and development in a changing world
  • Employee and officer welfare building sustainable policing

The overall winners were selected regardless of category but special commendations by category were awarded where appropriate.


The World Class Policing Awards sponsored by Accenture attracted nominations from force representatives, police partners, other agencies, the third sector, commercial organisations and academic institutions.

A total of 54 finalists attended the Awards Ceremony which was held in London and compered by broadcaster Jeremy Vine. Six winners were chosen, including an overall winner, alongside six 'highly commended'. Many congratulations to all finalists, the inaugural World Class Policing Awards was a very special Ceremony celebrating the best in policing practice.

We are delighted to share this year’s winners below.

Overall Winner

Operation Encompass
Devon & Cornwall Police in partnership with Operation Encompass charity


Mobility Programme
New Zealand Police

Operation Moonshot – Disrupting Criminals and Protecting Communities
Norfolk Constabulary

Operation Polarity
Bedfordshire Police – Eastern Region Special Operations Unit

Salisbury/Amesbury Poisonings 2018
Wiltshire Local Resilience Forum Strategic Coordinating Group

Tactical First Aid Project
Queensland Police Service

Highly Commended

Community Peer Mentors
Durham Police Crime and Victims' Commissioner

Exeter City's partnership response to a terrorist attack on its Synagogue
Devon & Cornwall Police

First Drinks: First Impressions – Harm Reduction Through Police Engagement
Queensland Police Service in partnership with Griffith University

Local Policing Review 2018 – Public Consultation
Police Service of Northern Ireland in partnership with Northern Ireland Policing Board

Operation Limelight and the ‘US/UK FGM Law Enforcement Proclamation
Metropolitan Police Service in partnership with UK Border Force, Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI

Operation Stalker
Anti-Narcotics Dubai Police HQ


To view a full list of this year's finalists with lead force and partner organisation, please click here.

Nominated Activity
All Wales Recruitment Process Operation Dowl – The disruption of the ISIS inspired plot to kill the UK Prime Minister
Checkpoint – Improving life chances and reducing re-offending and harm to our communities Operation Encompass
Community Peer Mentors / Durham Police Crime and Victims Commissioner Office Operation ITALICI – World's Largest Steroid Distribution Investigation
Develop You Operation Key
Digital Device Detection Work Operation Limelight & US/UK Proclamation of Interagency Support for FGM Investigations
Durham Constabulary's Herbert Protocol Operation Moon-shot – Disrupting Criminals and Protecting Communities
Dyfed-Powys Police Serious & Organised Crime Team (SOCT) Operation Saracen
East Lancashire Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Team – Outstanding and Innovative Investigation Operation Stalker
Fast Track Detective Entry Scheme for Suffolk Constabulary Outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of analytical work
First Drinks: First Impressions. Harm Reduction Through Police Engagement Police & Community action to fight drug dealers "the Micro trafficking Zero Plan (MT0)"
Gloucestershire Constabulary and Treasure Seekers – Be who you are and live your dream Police Crime Prevention Initiatives
Health and Wellbeing – The Feel Well Live Well Programme Police Scotland – Domestic Abuse Prioritisation, Commitment and Change Programme
INK Mobile Biometrics team Queensland Police Tactical First Aid Project
Innovation in Procurement to provide efficiency and better outcomes in police custody RASSO Gatekeeper Project
Integrated Offender Management Bridge Model Single Online Home – Digital Public Contact Programme, Digital Policing Portfolio
Joint Operations Unit from Royal Weddings to D-Day 75 Strategic Alliance, Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Drone Team
Local Policing Review – Public Consultation Telematics for Fleet Utilisation
MoRiLE Programme – Team Award Terrorist incident at Exeter Synagogue – a world class policing, partnership, and community response
National Missing Persons Week 2018 The Blue Print for Evidence Based Policing in New Zealand
New Zealand Police Mobility Programme 'more street than station' The Croft Unit – a high demand location for vulnerable service users in supported living
Nomination for Mr Thomas Farrell The EBIT
Norfolk Multi-Agency Child Exploitation Program Board The Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit
North Yorkshire Police Rural Task Force The power and impact of Idea Drop at Kent Police
Operation Lattice The Stalking Threat Assessment Centre
Operation Polarity Trauma Informed Supervision Pilot Central North Gangs Unit
Operation Validate Virtual Training
Operation Cobb – Policing the badger cull Wiltshire LRF Strategic Coordinating Group – Salisbury/Amesbury Poisonings 2018


Founder Sponsors

Media Partners

Merchandise and Photography

Souvenir photography from the evening is available to order in print and digital format from worldclasspolicing.com/photography

Additional framed certificates and trophies for larger teams and partner organisations can also be ordered.

Orders will be accepted until the end of December and payment upon receipt of invoice will confirm the order. Following payment, orders will be processed in early January 2020 and deliveries will be made at the end of the month. If you would like to order additional certificates, trophies, or World Class Policing Awards merchandise, please complete and return the order form to wcpa@glasgows.co.uk. To download the form, please CLICK HERE.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Join a fantastic group of partners already on board and helping to make this unique recognition of World Class Policing a success!

A unique opportunity

  • Event to be held at prestigious central London venue 14th November 2019
  • Widespread support from police and criminal justice stakeholders
  • High profile brand exposure before, during and after the event up to December 2019
  • Network with senior leaders and nominees
  • Opportunities to suit all budgets

For more details on sponsorship opportunities contact Richard Place on Richard.Place@CoPaCC.org.uk or 01271 324748.

Contact Us

If you have any questions relating to the awards, including the nomination and judging process or the awards evening itself, please contact Glasgows by email to wcpa@glasgows.co.uk or call 01772 767782.

To view information about the World Class Policing Awards Nomination and Judging Process,
please click here.

For details on sponsorship opportunities please contact Richard Place on Richard.Place@CoPaCC.org.uk or 01271 324748.