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Staying on track with the Policing Vision 2025: Why education and knowledge are key

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Digital Evidence Management systems are now critical for today’s investigations but how can the police be sure they are investing in the right technology? Jamie Wilson discusses the need for forces to share best practice - as well as digital information - and announces the Transformational Global Policing Summit as the perfect forum to discuss and share that knowledge

We are now only six years away from 2025. After reading the recently published Home Affairs Committee report ‘Policing for the Future,’ it’s easy to see why one might construe the ambition to make transformative changes across the whole of policing (as laid out in the Policing Vision 2025) as a pipe dream. The report paints a gloomy picture, observing that ‘investment in and adoption of new technology is an utter mess.’ But such sweeping statements might also be premature given that for all the bleak predictions, stakeholders across the industry are still committed to pressing forward, and driving innovation and results.

Forces need access to educational opportunities where they can learn more about what new technologies are capable of, how different systems work together (or don’t), and what that means for them

For example, the Home Affairs Committee continues to urge the UK Government to prioritize spending for policing. It’s unquestionable that forces are finding themselves operating at the limit with the resources available to them. The lack of resources and constrained budgets raises still another question. How can police forces be sure they’re using limited budgets wisely when investing in new technology? The answer can be found in education.

Most police officers and police leaders don’t come into their positions possessing technical degrees or having vast experience in information technology systems. More likely they come into their roles as self-taught technology enthusiasts. They often lack (through no fault of their own) the broad and detailed knowledge about law enforcement technology platforms needed to make sound technology purchase decisions.  And with agile development of technology programs and platforms, vendors are bringing solutions into the marketplace faster than ever.

Forces need access to educational opportunities where they can learn more about what new technologies are capable of, how different systems work together (or don’t), and what that means for them. This also needs to be coupled with far greater transparency and sharing of technology experiences across forces – so we can all learn from each other’s successes, and failures.

In this spirit, NICE is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Transformational Global Policing Summit, taking place on March 19, 2019 at the Chelsea Football Club in London. Co-sponsored by Deloitte, Microsoft, CoPaCC and RiskXtra, the Summit features free registration for police executives who are focused on transforming how their agency manages digital evidence, as reflected in the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) Policing Vision 2025. Summit participants will benefit from sessions on digital evidence management (DEM) and robotics automation led by forward-thinking experts and colleagues in the force.

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The priorities and timelines for digital transformation will be outlined in a presentation by Bernard Rix, Chief Executive of CoPaCC (an independent organization that takes an active interest in policing governance for England and Wales) and publisher of Policing Insight, an informational resource for the police and criminal justice community. In a session titled, ”Know Your ICT Landscape – Make a Plan,” Rix will unveil the results of the ground-breaking CoPaCC National Police ICT 2018 survey, “Digital Evidence Management: User Perspectives.”  

Conducted with the support of the Police Federation of England & Wales, the Police Superintendents’ Association, and the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, the survey provides feedback from over 4,000 police officers and staff on their DEM challenges, how they’re coping, and plans for the future.

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The Summit agenda will also feature a high-level digital policing panel,” The Now, the Future and the Possible” which will be led by former Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police Paul Kennedy.

Kennedy comments, “At this Summit we’ll be looking at how forces can forge a cohesive plan to replace the current siloed approach to digital evidence, as well as looking at how the disclosure process can be improved to ensure successful prosecutions.”

The Summit will provide hands-on demonstrations of transformative technologies being used by forces around the world for digital evidence management, including NICE Investigate.

In March, NICE will also be presenting an educational session at BAPCO 2019. Richard Perkins, NICE’s Director of Public Safety in the EMEA will be joined by the former Deputy Chief Constable, Paul Kennedy, to talk about how forces can stay true to Peelian principles in the age of big data. They will present a case study sharing how one large force in the north of England was able to use the NICE Investigate digital evidence management solution to automate the investigative process and reduce costs, while also empowering investigators to obtain and assemble evidence must faster, thereby increasing the likelihood of guilty pleas.

Police executives attending both the NICE presentation at BAPCO 2019 and the Transformational Global Policing Summit will leave with a clear understanding of the transformative power of digital evidence management and robotics, and practical advice on how they can continue to make progress toward achieving the key objectives of Policing Vision 2025.

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