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137,000 active users but that's just the start

Last month over 137,000 police officers and staff used Microsoft Teams across England and Wales. The use the Microsoft 365 suite of tools is continuing to grow as more and more forces and their staff get access to the modern workplace tools which are helping them deliver services to the front line.

As forces passed this milestone the NEP brought together over 250 senior colleagues across policing via two identical events to review the detailed plans for the continued programme delivery for the next year. The NEP Roadshow events, lead by Deputy Director for Delivery, Lisa Lee, covered the wide range of activity the NEP is delivering in partnership with forces between now and March 2021. Hosting the two events enabled all forces to get involved and ask questions about the delivery plans moving forward.

Topics included updates on the NEP journey and what we have achieved together so far, what the focus of the delivery, technical and business changes teams is for the coming months. Details of the importance of continued compliance with NEP blueprint and wider security risk management approach, and colleagues heard updates from the National Management Centre which is part of the NEP approach and proactively protects the police IT estate.

There was a particular focus on the business change and the benefits forces are gaining from the wider adoption of the Microsoft 365 product set.

Over the coming weeks the NEP team will be hosting a series of thematic workshops with specific groups of colleagues in forces to get into the detail of the work ahead and to ensure we are able to continue to progress at pace. Colleagues in policing should contact their local NEP Delivery Manager to get involved in the specific sessions or visit the NEP Enabling Centre to register to the workshops.

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