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Why a “Digital” Policing Review?

The Digital Policing Review Capability Assessment 2017 launches on Thursday 20th April. But what does “digital” really mean? And why did everyone need a new word for IT, anyway? Technology has defined how we communicate, consume media and run businesses for generations. Yet in barely a decade, staid IT consulting firms rushed to reinvented themselves […]

By |April 18th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Rudd, Truss and joined-up justice ICT

Joined-up justice is a rallying call that many in the sector’s technology community will recognise both as an ideal – we’d all support a seamless transition from investigation to disposal – and as a source of frustration. When the MoJ and the Home Office both have a stake, projects and programmes run slowly. The new […]

By |July 15th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Thoughts on the Met integrated Policing System

The Met is finally out for MiPS: an integrated case, custody, intelligence and investigation system. Three bidders will fight it out, and the rest of the sector should watch closely. Here are six points for the police ICT community to bear in mind as the procurement unfolds.

Delayered gratification

This is high risk stuff, at the sharp […]

View from the summit

Theresa May calls it “gritty and unglamorous”, but police ICT reformers have built a solid framework for consensus.

The seniority of the speaker panel, and the appetite for places, at its summit last week showed that the Police ICT Company has found its footing fast. There’s a joined-up and consistent story on harmonising police technology, and […]

Public concerns, private concerns, IT challenges

While business funding for cybercrime is one of the more interesting ideas to be floated this week, the police ICT industry should address other private sector partnership models

#cutshaveconsequences. One such is frenzied police lobbying, press interviews and tweeting in the run-up to the big decisions next month on police funding. We’d caution police ICT […]

Skills and skillz: where to start police workforce planning

HMIC’s call for capability plans might not impact significantly on information systems unless the digital policing agenda is brought to the fore

There’s a lot for police ICT leaders and suppliers to chew on in this week’s HMIC PEEL reports on efficiency. PCCs and chief constables generally take the inspectorate’s judgements to heart, and the […]

By |October 22nd, 2015|Humberside Police|0 Comments

City limits: why the UK’s smallest force is a CCCI outlier

Case, crime, custody, intel platform needed in the constabulary where core policing isn’t really core

Next year, Vigilant Research’s Digital Policing Review will report on the maturity of digital intelligence, investigation and deployment across all the UK’s constabularies. The platforms used for case, custody, crime and intelligence are crucial to assessing all three domains, because maturity […]

Kiosks counter cuts

 While touch screen devices might look dated, they can smooth front office savings

Self-service touch screen policing kiosks debuted in Cheshire last year. They proved popular enough to be rolled out across several stations; good news for Telford-based specialist Scream Interactive. And now Essex Police – which announced this week that it would reduce staffed front […]

By |October 8th, 2015|Essex Police|0 Comments

About face

Face-matching video analysis may be a privacy battleground, but the omens are good for long-term investment.

Video capture should be the single greatest driver of increased police hosting and data storage requirements over the next few years. Body-worn cameras are this year’s big police investment story. NPCC chair Sara Thornton’s musings about citizens capturing crime scene […]

By |October 1st, 2015|Analytics, Leicestershire Police|0 Comments

The digital forensics market is broken. Can IT service providers help?

Technology firms in search of brownie points with Whitehall often keep an eye on Innovate UK competitions, not so much for the cash on offer, but because they are a good guide to the issues where government is seriously stumped. Anyone with an interest in the digital investigations arena still has a few days left […]