18 Feb 2022

Get involved in techUK’s Emerging Tech in Policing Week, 21 – 25 March 2022

Call for guest blogs from members and stakeholders to get involved in techUK’s Emerging Tech in Policing week, exploring how new transformative technologies are shaping the police force of tomorrow.

“Policing is at a critical juncture. We either improve how we harness digital opportunities from existing and emerging technologies, or risk becoming overwhelmed by the demand they create and lose the chance to enhance and modernise our policing services.” (The National Policing Digital Strategy 2020 -2030). What is the role of technology in helping police forces address tomorrow’s challenges? techUK’s ‘Emerging Tech in Policing’ week will showcase how industry is working across policing to drive digital transformation and overcome barriers in emerging technology adoption.

New digital technologies have the power to transform policing, from the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing to immersive technologies and drones. We will be bringing you news, views and insights directly from techUK members and stakeholders.

Each day during this week of March there will be a theme for you to contribute towards – whether this is a guest blog, podcast or a case study. If this is a thought leadership guest blog, we would ask this to be 600-800 words, if a case study this could be a paper you would like to share or a video which demonstrates your view on the topic. Read the full contributor guidelines here. 

If you would like to contribute to the Emerging Tech in Policing week, please get in touch with [email protected] with your expression of interest on the topic you’d like to contribute to by Monday 14 March. Guest blogs will need to be submitted by Wednesday 16 March.

Make sure you share your blog on social media using #DigitalPolicing

Please see below the themes for the week. If you have a different theme or topic in mind, please reach out and we would be more than happy to discuss this with you.

Monday: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation

What does increasing automation and the use of AI in Policing really mean? In short, these technologies have the capacity to revolutionise services by driving optimization, increasing productivity, enhancing digitization and building resilience. But - what more is needed to ensure the effectiveness and impacts of such technologies are fully evaluated? How can governance and regulation of AI in policing and security be improved? We want to hear where AI and automation have been successfully adopted across policing and, lessons learned.

Tuesday: Next Generation Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a key driver of the UK’s data-driven economy, with cloud-based platforms, infrastructure and services supporting UK businesses across every industry and sector. With more and more police forces adopting a hybrid-cloud model it is clear the value it provides. Where has cloud been successfully adopted and, what did that success look like? What are some of the barriers to adoption? How can edge computing power public safety?

Wednesday: National Security

With the launch of techUK’s National Security Programme, Wednesday will focus on the adoption of emerging technologies in helping the UK counter and mitigate a variety of national threats. The main areas of focus will be the use of emerging technologies among counter-terror policing units and officer training for more effective response to critical incidents such as a terrorist attack. We are keen to hear about the use of immersive technologies, drones and AI, success stories but also some of the challenges you face when navigating the national security space.

Thursday: Ethics, Trust and Inclusion

It is clear that technology plays, and will continue to play, a critical role in policing, but we need to ensure Policing remains an essentially human service, supported by better information and tools. The use of technology is moving faster than the regulations, ethical guidelines and laws governing it. With the changing crime landscape and the need to adopt emerging technology, forces face a number of challenges including; building public trust, algorithm bias, data quality, data protection and more. Whilst there are challenges, we have seen excellent examples of police successfully using emerging technologies, where they have worked with industry to overcome certain barriers. To move forward we must acknowledge the challenges but also highlight best practice. What insights can you share?

Friday: Immersive Technology and what next?

With crime evolving and digital accelerating, especially with the impact of COVID-19, the police workforce of tomorrow requires a more effective and dynamic approach to training. What can immersive technologies do to support the training of officers - and beyond? As we explore the power of augmented, virtual and extended reality, what does next generation technology look like? To round up the week, we would like to hear about the power of immersive technology but, beyond this - what transformative future technologies are being adopted elsewhere across the world and other sectors which Policing could learn from?

Please get in touch with [email protected] with your expression of interest on the topic you’d like to contribute to by Monday 14 March. Guest blogs will need to be submitted by Wednesday 16 March.

Georgina Henley

Georgina Henley

Head of Justice and Emergency Services, techUK

Georgie joined techUK as the Justice and Emergency Services (JES) Programme Manager in March 2020, then becoming Head of Programme in January 2022.

Georgie leads techUK's engagement and activity across our blue light and criminal justice services, engaging with industry and stakeholders to unlock innovation, problem solve, future gaze and highlight the vital role technology plays in the delivery of critical public safety and justice services. The JES programme represents suppliers by creating a voice for those who are selling or looking to break into and navigate the blue light and criminal justice markets.

Prior to joining techUK, Georgie spent 4 and a half years managing a Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) in Westminster. She worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and London borough councils to prevent and reduce the impact of crime on the business community. Her work ranged from the impact of low-level street crime and anti-social behaviour on the borough, to critical incidents and violent crime.

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Raya Tsolova

Programme Manager, National Security, techUK

Raya Tsolova is the Programme Manager for National Security at techUK. 

Raya is responsible for all National Security related activities across techUK, specifically in the established programmes of Defence, Cyber Security and Justice & Emergency Services. Raya will leverage relationships with existing stakeholders across the three programmes, and will build new relationships between techUK and key stakeholders who are of interest to member companies. 

Prior to joining techUK, Raya worked in Business Development for an expert network firm within the institutional investment space. Before this Raya spent a year in industry working for a tech start-up in London as part of their Growth team which included the formation and development of a 'Let's Talk Tech' podcast and involvement in London Tech Week. 

Raya has a degree in Politics and International Relations (Bsc Hons) from the University of Bath where she focused primarily on national security and counter-terrorism policies, centreing research on female-led terrorism and specific approaches to justice there. 

Outside of work, Raya's interests include baking, spin classes and true-crime Netflix shows! 

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