The Police Digital Service is delighted to announce a new, formal agreement with techUK.
The agreement has been put in place to increase industry awareness of the remit and objectives of the Police Digital Service and techUK among the policing and supplier communities. It exists to support a more transparent and accessible market for technology in policing as we look to strengthen relationships between policing and the private sector to empower the sharing of public safety responsibilities.
The agreement aims to move towards more strategically aligned, collaborative, relational and sustainable commercial arrangements where requirements and solutions are developed together, underpinned by innovation and joint creative thinking. See National Policing Digital Strategy.
Ian Bell, CEO, The Police Digital Service:
“This agreement enables an exciting synergy between the Police Digital Service, as a central coordinating organisation for UK Policing, and techUK, as an industry voice and national champion for technology innovation.
The Police Digital Service is constantly working to strengthen relationships between policing and the private sector to empower the sharing of public safety responsibilities, and to support a more transparent and accessible market for technology in policing.
Our agreement with techUK will help us achieve this.
Our organisations have worked closely together before, but this agreement means a more united and streamlined approach to our efforts to deliver the National Policing Digital Strategy, in particular empowering UK policing with the technology it needs to stay ahead of crime and better protect the communities it serves.”
Allan Fairley, techUK’s Justice & Emergency Service Committee Chair, UK Police & Justice Managing Director, Accenture:
“I am genuinely delighted to be signing this agreement on behalf of techUK’s Justice and Emergency Services Committee. We have worked closely with Ian and the team at the Police Digital Service over the last three years and would like to congratulate them for the outstanding job they have done in getting to this stage.
UK Policing continues to be the best in the world. However, the challenge of policing in an ever-changing digital world, with the continually emerging serious threats that technological advancements present (whilst at the same time dealing with traditional crime!) needs significant investment in new technology. This message is starting to land and it is heartening to see the Police Digital Service being recognised and supported in their efforts to address this.
We represent over 300 suppliers to the market, each of whom bring their own specialisms and each of whom are excited at the prospects of playing an important part of the journey as Policing Digital Service becomes the natural home for national technology solutions for UK Policing.”