We recently hosted the Police Digital Summit 2022; one of the most popular events in the police digital, data and technology calendar. Achieving outcomes together is a two-day event and the theme of the 2022 summit maintains a laser focus on the National Policing Digital Strategy and the ability to develop and deliver common solutions together that transform the working practices of our workforce, bring offenders to justice and improve our service to the public.
In a post-pandemic landscape it is vital that we use the momentum created by necessity to sustain and enhance the pace of change and quality of service delivery. Data, digital and technology are no longer specialist areas, they are fundamentals for everyday policing. Achieving outcomes together aims to demonstrate how centrally enabled, locally delivered changes are resulting in improved outcomes for our workforce, our private and public sector partners and, mostly importantly, our public.
The event is once again jointly hosted by the Police Digital Service (PDS) and the National Police Technology Council (NPTC). Here is a video of the CEO of PDS, Ian Bell and the Chair of NPTC, Darren Scates taking a look ahead at the start of the Summit
Stephen Mold, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire and PDS Chair, formally opened the event, explaining that this year’s theme of Achieving Outcomes Together, is a focus on our “collective ability to develop and deliver common solutions together that transform the working practices of our workforces, bring offenders to justice and improve our service to the public.”
Watch this video to see Stephen Mold talking about what he wants to achieve at the Summit and how he’s excited by the progress that has been made by PDS “as it transforms itself, and the credibility it has now got across Policing.”
We also heard from Bethan Page-Jones, Head of the Capabilities Reform at the Home Office, who gave a speech about the work they have been doing to ensure that what they’re investing in really supports the operational front line. She said, “we want to make sure we have transparency over what we’re funding and why we’re funding it.” Watch this video of Bethan
There was a unique and really interesting presentation from Edwina Dunn, OBE; Founder of The Female Lead and Chair of The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation Board. She even launched the Tesco clubcard! Edwina discussed the power of data as well as empowering more women to work in this largely male-dominated industry.
Jo Farrell, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and Chair of the Information Management & Operational Requirements Coordination Committee (IMORCC) presented a speech all about data and how we need to use it more as a business enabler in the future.
The panel sessions have sparked some really interesting and useful discussions about our aims for the future and anything that may be affecting our progress.
In the Delivering the Digital Change with Policing and Beyond panel session, the group said that by 2030, we want to be spending less time talking about technology and thinking more about data and insight with even more focus on shared services. There was also a discussion about how we should be using technology to free up resources and that we need to explain the benefits of technology in terms of practical, operational benefits.
The second day of the Summit saw another jam-packed agenda filled with interesting and useful discussions, panel sessions and break out sessions for people to properly engage and share their thoughts. This video shows PDS CEO Ian Bell welcoming attendees on day two.
Ian McCormack, Deputy Director at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) hosted a cyber resilience session and talked about the excellent partnership between the NCSC and Police Digital Service, particularly the National Management Centre. Ian discussed the importance of collaboration and praised the work of PDS and how we have aligned the National Digital Policing Strategy to national priorities to ensure consistency. Ian also explained how Policing is a critical partner in the fight against cyber crime.
Mike Lattanzio, Interim Chief Information Officer at Thames Valley Police was on the panel. Watch this video to see him talking about cyber security and the need for a national framework and to influence both inside and outside of organisations.
Thank you to all of our fantastic sponsors for supporting this year’s Police Digital Summit. There have been great networking opportunities to find out more about them; watch this video to meet our exhibitors and sponsors.
Ian’s speech was then followed by a panel session talking about cyber resilience, called A Community Security Policy Framework to Enable Digital Evolution, hosted by Jason Corbishley, PDS Chief Information Security Officer and the key message was that everyone has a responsibility and accountability to keep our information safe.
Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) closed the event, with a look at the national landscape. He highlighted that so much crime is now delivered digitally and that many people are more at risk in the virtual world than the real world- and Policing needs to meet that challenge. Martin says that following the Summit, he feels optimistic, “there is so much potential to make our world better and more effective, but we need to assess the challenges too.” Hear more from Martin in this video.
The trade show has been an excellent opportunity to network, share and gather information and find out about the latest technology that will help us to deliver the ambitions within the National Digital Policing Strategy.
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