Together the Justice & Emergency Services and the Local Government programmes have launched a digital report; Collaboration for public safety outcomes.
The report highlights some technology tools and trends that have the potential to transform public safety services, and emphasises the impact that organisational culture, leadership, processes and procedures have on the implementation and integration of technology.
We provide 10 recommendations for local public safety organisations to consider to create the conditions for digital transformation:
- Public safety organisations encouraged to sign up to the Local Digital Declaration.
- Organisations that operate in public safety services undertake an audit of existing collaborative platforms to understand their current state of play and identify gaps.
- Organisations ought to take steps to identify what other localities have done and share best practice.
- Organisations that operate in public safety services should undertake an audit of what training has been done and review to meet needs of staff and future proof the organisation.
- Local public safety services should be encouraged to engage with industry to interrogate the problem, understand the art of the possible and validate ideas. techUK is well placed to host these market engagements.
- Public safety providers from across emergency services and local public services support industry efforts to deliver more interoperable solutions.
- As part of the audit, organisations should work to understand what data they hold, what they access and what the format and quality of that data is.
- Local public service organisations must identify key data partners with whom to first build strategic Data Sharing Agreements. This could start with a local focus and then be built out to work in conjunction with other regional and national level organisations.
- The ICO should support public sector organisations by working to demystify what the challenges to data sharing are in collaboration efforts for public safety and how they can be addressed.
- As technological changes are rolled out, organisations must equip end users with skills and training that will ensure their confidence in the technology and its benefits.
techUK is keen to work with our members and public sector stakeholders to support and inform meaningful transformation.