BTP – Suicide Prevention Team given International Recognition

Date: 17 December 2018

The Herman Goldstein Award recognizes outstanding police officers and police agencies, both in the United States and around the world, that engage in innovative and effective problem-solving efforts and achieve measurable success in reducing specific crime, disorder, and public safety problems.                                  

This international competition is named after the founder of problem-oriented policing, University of Wisconsin Emeritus Professor Herman Goldstein, and administered by the Centre for Problem-Oriented Policing. 

At this year's awards - which took place in November 2018 in the USA; the BTP- Suicide Prevention Team were recognized as one of five global finalists. 

Our nomination was for 'Reducing Suicide: A Problem-Solving Partnership Approach'. This nomination highlighted the continued successful collaboration between British Transport Police and BEH Suicide Prevention Team - to reduce the number of suicides and increase the number of life-saving interventions on the network.  

BEH Suicide Prevention Team was established in 2013 in partnership with British Transport Police and the Railway industry. The principal aim of this Service is to work together to reduce the number of incidents and suicides on the rail network. The service also covers BTP custody suites as well as delivering proactive patrol service at hot spot locations. 

This is a unique liaison service with NLFS providing the health interface to BTP. It involves both direct liaison and ground staff in real time as well as post incident liaison with health, BTP staff and other involved agencies, professionals, carers and the patient. This is a constantly evolving service which also includes working with the Metropolitan Police to cover the River Thames. 

BEH Suicide Prevention Team covers the South east of England and ensures that vulnerable people coming to police notice get access to the right level of health and social care services. 

During the last financial year : 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 the Team dealt with 5939 Suicidal or Mental Health incidents. 

For more information on the service please contact Dave Bishop or Amelia Sookraj, T: 020 7752 4436 or email: david.bishop4@nhs.net  or amelia.sookraj@btp.pnn.police.uk

 

  • Summary:

    The Herman Goldstein Award recognizes outstanding police officers and police agencies, both in the United States and around the world, that engage in innovative and effective problem-solving efforts and achieve measurable success in reducing specific crime, disorder, and public safety problems.