UK policing unveils ten-year ICT strategy


The National Digital Policing Strategy 2020-2030 has been launched at the Police ICT Summit.

Police ICT Company CEO Ian Bell
Police ICT Company CEO Ian Bell
According to the organisation, the document “sets out a new digital ambition” for UK policing, presenting a “set of tangible digital priorities [while] outlining the key data and technology building blocks required to deliver them.”

The strategy was co-authored by the National Police Technology Council and the Police ICT Company. It is intended to build on the National Police Chiefs Council’s strategic plan, Policing Vision 2025.

Speaking of the ICT document, NPTC Chair Wayne Parkes said: “The strategy presents five key digital ambitions. These are seamless citizen experience, addressing harm, enabling officers and staff, embedding a whole public system approach, and empowering the private sector.

“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.”

Police ICT Company CEO Ian Bell said: “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.”

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