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Police ICT Company sets out priorities

03/02/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Police ICT Company is making plans for a change of name and to step up its activities.

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Ian Bell, chief executive officer of PICTCO, and Wayne Parkes, chair of the Police Technology Programme and director of the National Enabling Programme, outlined the plans at the Police Digital Summit yesterday.

They related it to the aims of the National Policing Digital Strategy, published in January of last year, pointing to the digital ambitions for the sector over the next five to 10 years.

A plan to change the name of PICTCO – which provides technical advice and delivers services to UK police forces – to the Police Digital Service is still being formalised, but Bell and Parkes set out a number of its priorities.

Five ambitions

These include setting clear outcomes for the five ambitions of the strategy: a seamless citizen experience; using digital technologies to identify the risk of harm and protect vulnerable people; enabling officers and staff through digital; embedding a whole public system approach; and strengthening relationships with the private sector.

Among the others are to support local implementations, develop blueprints for the use of technology, continue to work on building trust and credibility and provide a strategic voice with government partners.

Bell and Parkes also pointed to the functions of the organisation, taking in strategy, technical leadership, business engagement, delivery of designs, commercial activities, operations, finance and business support, and security.

Their presentation stated: “We are turning aspiration into delivery across the police digital space; looking at what works, moving the focus from delivering technology to achieving outcomes.”

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