We were delighted to attend the APCC & NPCC Partnership Summit 2022: Cutting Crime, Building Confidence earlier this month. It has been important for us at PDS to meet in person with our policing colleagues to talk about how we can support digital transformation across forces to help officers and staff serve and protect our communities.
The event was kicked off by keynotes from National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Chair, and Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Marc Jones. Debates on topics like cutting crime, improving outcomes, police culture and public confidence followed.
The role of digital capabilities and the need of a whole system approach were recurrent themes in Home Secretary, Suella Braverman’s speech and throughout the day.
On the second day, sessions on the important topics of fraud and violence against women and girls took place. PDS representatives took part in an interesting debate and discussed how we can support police forces with their investigations of rape crime and violence against women and girls through the capabilities we are currently developing and potential new digital solutions.
Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary reminded the audience of the urgency to keep up with the rapidly changing technology and equip forces with better data, digital and technological solutions to tackle crime at national and local level.
The event counted more than 400 people attending across the two days and PDS had the priceless opportunity to directly engage with most of the chief officers and PCCs to talk about our achievements for and with policing and how we can support forces in their journey of data, digital and technology enhancement. We also had the chance to meet suppliers attending the summit and engage in conversations on how we can work together to better serve UK policing and the public.
We’re looking forward to meeting our policing colleagues, suppliers, and partners again to follow up on the important discussions we started at the summit and explore how we can collaborate to fulfil our common ambitious goals for a smarter and more efficient UK policing.