Last week we were delighted to welcome to techUK Ian Bell, the CEO of the Police ICT Company, and Wayne Parkes, the National Enabling Programme Director & and newly elected Chair of the Police Technology Council. Ian and Wayne came to techUK to brief the supplier community on their vision for policing technology over the coming year.
The session opened with an introduction from Mark Goossens (Client Director, IBM and Vice-Chair of techUK's Justice & Emergency Services Committee), who welcomed the speakers and highlighted some of the key issues, such as interoperability, the supplier community will be looking to address over the coming months. Mark then introduced Wayne, who provided some background and context to the enabling programmes. He demonstrated how they aligned with the Policing 2025 Vision, and recapped the six components that make up the NEP: Productivity Services; Identity & Access Management; the National Management Centre; Benefits Management; Business Change; Security Risk Management).
As well as covering the key components and the timeline for the programmes, Wayne also highlighted the opportunities for local delivery partners to engage with various strands of the programmes, which was welcomed by the audience.
Ian Bell then updated industry on the new strategy, vision, and operating model for the Police ICT Company. He explained that there are two key challenges the Police ICT Company is aiming to address in its future design: the lack of central co-ordination, and inefficacy and duplication in policing tech. The new vision for the Company is based on three pillars: integrating, optimizing, and rationalizing. After talking us through the new strategy and areas of focus, Ian then had some asks for the supplier community. He called on industry to support the delivery of the Policing Vision 2025, to consider working in consortia, and to give more considerations to APIs in future developments.
A panel session and audience Q&A followed the presentation. Discussion covered interoperability and the potential of an policing initiative similar to healthcare’s INTEROPen, and the importance of ensuring that as police forces become more collaborative and joined-up in their approach to tech, they are able to access innovation from across the tech community.
Wayne will provide an update on the progress of the National Enabling Programme. The NEP is designed to provide police with the tools and capabilities they need to for the future. It will ensure all UK police forces have a secure platform and national standards that enable new ways of working and collaborating; whilst maintaining the autonomy for local decision-making and the control of their digital assets.
Members can download the slide deck from the event below. techUK looks forward to continue our close work with the Police ICT Company and NPTC to ensure that they can make the most of the innovative capabilities in the tech community.