Policing’s first ever national digital strategy, which will set the direction of police ICT in England and Wales for the next ten years, has been launched at the Police ICT Summit in Manchester.
Officially launching the Strategy, City of London Police Commissioner and Chair of Information Management and Operational Requirements Coordination Committee (IMORCC) Ian Dyson QPM called it a ‘seminal moment’ for policing.
The National Policing Digital Strategy sets out tangible digital priorities and outlines the key data and technology building blocks required to deliver them. It contains five key digital ambitions: seamless citizen experience; addressing harm; enabling officers and staff; embedding a whole public system approach; and empowering the private sector.
These will be delivered via a series of enablers: data, strategic alignment and design, modern core technology, risk and security, talent in data and technology and transforming the Police Tech market.
NPTC Chair and NEP’s Director, Wayne Parkes said: “The Strategy has been developed by the service in response to the digital challenges we face, but ultimately for the benefit of the public we serve.
He added: “If we are to achieve these goals, we must improve the way we use data and technology and, importantly, the development of the people who lead, manage and use digital capabilities.”
The Strategy was co-authored by the National Police Technology Council (NPTC) and the Police ICT Company, and builds on the foundational work of the Policing Vision 2025 strategy, which the NEP is already implementing with police forces across England and Wales.
In a pre-recorded address, Policing Minister Kit Malthouse MP called the Strategy ‘an incredible vision’ that would drive the police service in meeting current and future challenges. He said that he hoped Police ICT leaders would ‘join this mission to really move police ICT into the decades beyond the one we are in’.
Implementing the Strategy is identified as the next stage, and a plan is currently being worked on, but additional funding will be needed to deliver it.
“If we are to achieve these goals, we must improve the way we use data and technology and, importantly, the development of the people who lead, manage and use digital capabilities”Wayne Parkes, NPTC Chair and NEP Director
Mr Dyson said: “Delivery will require investment. We are having those conversations with the Home Office now and we are working up an investment programme. We have also got to invest in the centre. This can’t be in addition to our day jobs.”
The Police ICT Company CEO Ian Bell said: “Policing in the UK sets the standard for law enforcement agencies across the globe. New technologies and technical skills shortages have put our service under pressure. However, new technologies that already exist or can be developed also present our service with opportunities to modernise, become more efficient and better equip and enable our officers.
The Police ICT Summit is held each year, but this year’s event set a milestone with the publication of the service’s first national digital strategy for policing.
The National Policing Digital Strategy is available here.