The Government's Digital Strategy, published today by Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) emphasises the role of technology in transforming public services. Particular mention was made of the impact digital tech could have on policing and the criminal justice system.
The justice system must be fit for the digital age. This means a joined up system which allows the free flow of data across organisations. The Digital Strategy highlights the Government's commitment to creating a more just, proportionate and accessible service by:
- Building a digital system for criminal justice - linking police, prosecutors and courts - putting an end to slow paper processes
- Bringing digital technology to civil and family courts and tribunals, including developing a new online court for fast resolution of simple matters
- Training and develop people, including in digital skills and excellent customer service
- Allowing more transactions to take place online.
The Government is committed to funding Digital Policing work through the transformation fund, making money available for a police-led programme that will work to equip forces with the tools to effectively police a digital age and protect victims of crime. The Strategy highlights the three areas of focus identified by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners:
- Improving the links with the criminal justice system;
- Transforming the police’s ability to recover and analyse digital material and the capability of officers to handle it;
- Ensuring citizens can access police services (from reporting crimes, paying fines or submitting evidence) digitally;
In light of the enormous data storage problem police forces are facing, the Strategy's committment to making storage and sharing of digital evidence a seamless part of the judicial process (via the Digital First and the Common Platform Programmes) is especially noteworthy.
The Emergency Services Network, and the nation's ability to tackle increasing cyber crime, are also highlighted as areas where digital tech will play the lead role.
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