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The potential to improve many aspects of operational policing through enabling interoperability between police IT systems and applications (along with IT and Data Quality standards) is a key thread of the National Policing Digital Strategy.
However, national stakeholders, policing customers and the supplier community are aligned that significant progress is required before interoperability between technology solutions, systems and applications can be achieved and is expected as a standard approach with every IT system scope, procurement and implementation.
To scope the challenge and accelerate the delivery of interoperability across policing, techUK launched the “Interoperability in Policing Working Group” a member-led initiative aimed at changing both suppliers and forces mindset – and behaviour - with regards to interoperability, data quality and data standards in policing.
The Interoperability in Policing working group draws upon a shared common interest between suppliers and police stakeholders (the working group includes techUK members and representatives from the Home Office, Police Digital Service National Standards Assurance Board and the NPCC Data Quality Programme) with a determination to work collaboratively to:
- agree the need (resoundingly done!)
- understand the challenges
- educate and evangelise the benefits of interoperability
- support national stakeholders and programmes in forming strategy and standards
- initiate and participate in market activities where appropriate
As the working group recently agreed, “the talking has been positive, but now we need to get on, work collaboratively, and show the benefits….”.
This event will bring together the three groups – interoperability, standards and data quality – who will provide updates on the progress each are making with this important collaboration. The updates will be informative, of course, but this will be an interactive session, where suppliers are encouraged to ask questions, challenge what they’ve heard and offer constructive suggestions.
We will provide more information closer to the time with regards to key questions to answer. Please keep an eye on this page for more information.
Confirmed panellists include:
- Jo Farrell, Chief Constable at Durham, and NPCC Lead on Data Quality, SRO (Senior Responsible Officer)
- Brendan Johnston, National Standards Lead, Police Digital Service
- John Owen, CTO, Police & Public Protection Technology, Home Office
- Ian Bell, Chief Executive, Police Digital Service
- Neil Beet, Interoperability in Policing Working Group Chair, and National Security & Public Safety Technology Specialist, AWS
techUK are inviting questions in the run up to the event so we can ensure all relevant topics are covered during the session. Questions will also be monitored and raised as they come in via the chat on the day. We hope this will be an interactive and useful session for all concerned and a key milestone in the progression towards delivering interoperability across the policing and justice sector.
Make sure to register and please reach out to Georgie – [email protected] to start feeding in your questions.
Georgie joined techUK as the Justice and Emergency Services Programme Manager in March 2020.
Georgie is dedicated to representing suppliers by creating a voice for those who are selling into blue lights and the justice system, but also by helping them in navigating this market. Georgie is committed to creating a platform for collaboration, from engaging with industry and stakeholders to understand the latest innovations, to the role tech can play in responding to a range of issues our justice and emergency services are facing
Prior to joining techUK, Georgie managed 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.