THE search for the most innovative crime-fighting project in England and Wales entered its final phase today as the public vote for the 2012 Tilley Awards went live.
Eleven projects are in the running after a nationwide search over the summer.
Among the projects was Operation St Austell, set up by Durham Police and Durham County Council, to catch and impound stray and illegally-tethered horses.
The project led to a significant reduction in road safety incidents.
It was said to have made a real difference to Durham communities by stopping horses roaming free in public spaces.
Sixty horses have been impounded and 500 passported and micro-chipped. Reported incidents have reduced from an average of 31 per week to seven.
The public vote is on the Home Office website www.homeoffice.gov.uk/tilley-awards.