It is clear that tough challenges still exist in achieving the technological change that deliver solutions to significantly improve efficiency and deliver benefits across a range of operational and corporate areas. However it is also clear that very positive moves are being made towards effective exploitation of solutions, as well as increased force collaboration, for example on record management systems. This information sharing is now enhancing, and enhanced by, the successful performance of mobile workforce applications such as Pronto, with all the efficiencies they are delivering.
These points are made clear in the report released last week on the Fourth Digital Policing Summit. This summit, convened by Cityforum, brought together a senior community of interest (including national programme leaders, force technology bosses, chief officers, politicians, vendors and consultants) to discuss not just the challenges around digital transformation but thinking and actions to address them.
We welcome the fact that the report acknowledges the need for closer collaboration, communication and partnerships with the Technology Vendor community. In this brave new world of defining the right technology to solve some of the current and future challenges faced by the emergency services, clear articulation and understanding of needs must be a positive step towards delivering solutions. Helping forces balance both community policing needs and national threats is obviously critical and whilst technology is a tool for change we also know that it can be viewed with concern by the public and even within blue light organisations. However, achieving rapid change and technology adoption may be key to responding not only to everyday resource challenges, but to external threats at the national level.
For this to happen, public safety organisations need not just the best tools and data to meet their evolving needs, but also a partner with specialised knowledge and experience to identify ways of working never thought possible. Motorola Solutions is working with forces in the UK now, helping them to effect the technology transformation that we must all embrace in order to remain relevant and effective.
You can download the summary report of the Fourth Annual Digital Policing Summit ‘Perennial Changes and New Hope’ here.
With over 90 years experience of supporting the public safety community internationally and a 50 year history with the emergency services in the United Kingdom, we believe we are best placed to help meet evolving public safety needs. Do come and see our solutions for policing at forthcoming events including Security and Policing 2019 (Farnborough, 5/7 March), Senior Women in Policing (Birmingham, 6/7 March) and British APCO 2019 (Coventry, 12/13 March).
David Robinson is Head of Sales with Motorola Solutions
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