This shows how the Metropolitan Police Service used creative communications to tackle London's gun-crime problem. Research showed that black teenagers aged 12-16 were susceptible to gun crime's glamorous imagery, so a strategy was developed to demonstrate a different reality. Using the rallying cry 'Stop the guns', communications dramatised the effects of gun crime and encouraged people to come forward with information. Creative media was central to the strategy, incorporating everything from bullet-hole-ridden music magazines to petrol pumps. As a result, calls with intelligence on gun crime have trebled, arrests of offenders has increased, and Trident officers seized 908 guns in 2007, which was more than the previous four years combined.
The Trident campaign used impressive groundbreaking research and demonstrated new learning and great use of media on a relatively small budget.
- David Pemsel, group marketing director, ITV
Title: Making a small budget go a long way
Client: Metropolitan Police Service
Entrants: Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy, MediaCom
Authors: Andy Nairn, Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy; Matt Buttrick,
Duncan Snowden, MediaCom
Media used: TV, regional newspapers, magazines, radio, out of home,
cinema, internet, PR, word of mouth, ambient
IN A NUTSHELL
Calls with intelligence on gun crime have trebled, arrests of offenders has increased, and Trident officers have seized 908 guns in 2007, which was more than in the previous four years combined.