The Minister for Crime, Policing and Fire, Chris Philp MP heaped praise on the Police Digital Service (PDS) at the Police Digital Summit, acknowledging the important role that PDS plays in the policing community.
Addressing an audience of over 500 policing leaders and tech industry experts, Minister Philp MP, said: “The adoption of innovative technology across policing will transform our capability to keep citizens safe and put criminals behind bars” and he recognised the contribution of PDS stating: “We are huge supporters of PDS in the Home Office. They are doing critical work on behalf of the policing community.”
The Police Digital Summit, co-hosted by PDS and the National Police Technology Council (NPTC), is the must-attend annual policing technology event, bringing together sector specialists and industry experts from across law enforcement and the data, cyber, and technology sectors to discuss how policing can safely harness technology to protect the public.
Ian Bell, Chief Executive at Police Digital Service, said: “This year’s Summit was the biggest and best yet, and there are so many people to thank for making it a success, particularly, our speakers and sponsors, without whom we could not deliver such a great event. The discussions that took place both on and off the stage were innovative and progressive, and it was fantastic to hear from so many experts and see so much meaningful engagement. I’m grateful to the Policing Minister for taking the time to join us in Brighton to address delegates, some of whom had travelled from as far afield as Australia.”
Mike Lattanzio, Chief Digital & Information Officer Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, and Chair of the National Police Technology Council, added: “The discussions taking place about policing in an ever-changing digital world were exciting and drew out some key topical subjects, including the ethical use of data to drive artificial intelligence and an exploration of how data is reimagining how policing and the community engage with each other. It was great to see representatives from all 43 police forces in England and Wales in attendance.”
Planning is now underway for the 2024 Police Digital Summit.
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About the Police Digital Service (PDS):
The Police Digital Service (PDS) is the UK organisation responsible for coordinating, developing, delivering, and managing digital services and solutions that enable UK policing to safely harness technology to improve public safety. Funded by policing, PDS works with law enforcement organisations, private industry, charities, public bodies, and government to deliver digital services and solutions with policing, for policing.
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