National Standards for data and technology in policing help to drive innovation, reduce costs and improve interoperability. The development of National Standards brings together UK policing, the Home Office and suppliers, in a common approach to sourcing, promoting and adopting standards in line with the National Policing Digital Strategy.
The Police Digital Service works with our national policing partners to coordinate the National Standards programme.
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Helping Deliver the National Policing Digital Strategy
Launched in 2020, the National Policing Digital Strategy sets out a new digital ambition for the UK police service.
The Strategy is underpinned by five digital ambitions. Key to realising these ambitions is ensuring forces can easily identify what is required to achieve and maintain a consistent level of quality. It’s with this that the National Standards platform assists.
National Standards help ensure the quality of planning, design and implementation of digital, data and technology projects within policing. The new standards platform and governance structure encourages greater transparency, discussion and collaboration, to help minimise rework, avoid duplication and ensure quality, whilst offering forces the flexibility to tailor their approach to local demands.
Democratising National Standards
The National Standards programme was tasked with creating a platform that would allow standards and other policy documents to be accessed more easily, created more collaboratively, and governed more transparently.
The programme delivered these outcomes on budget and on time and has now transitioned to a service, helping coordinate work into standards on a local and national scale, engaging with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure the programme remains useful, useable and used.
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