The UK police are set to improve their engagement with technology firms in the UK. This was revealed by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, who chairs the DII Capabilities Management Group and the Digital Policing Board (DPB).
Kavanagh stated during a TechUK event in London that the police now have a vision and are aware that they will be unable to find solutions to challenges on their own in the digital age. Hence, the police are looking for more effective engagement with technology firms through understanding of prevention and more knowledgeable user communities.
Kavanagh stated that he is determined to ensure that UK policing is more organised to handle the challenges that law enforcement faces in modern times. Thanks to the different digital initiatives, the UK police now have the ability to communicate their problems and how solutions can improve policing. This will help the IT contractor understand what the police are looking for.
Kavanagh said that if the tech industry takes into consideration the commercial processes and other initiatives introduced by the Police ICT Company, it will be able to come up with innovative and new ways to identify what UK law enforcement requires.
Kavanagh said that he expects an improvement in the engagement of the police forces with technology firms in the next three to six months.
The DPB will be looking to offer technology companies in the UK opportunities through the Police ICT Company to build capabilities to improve policing endeavours. The DPB will bridge the gap between the police forces and the National Crime Agency by engaging technology firms in the UK.
Kavanagh said that the technology industry can help police forces by introducing innovative ways to reduce cyber-related crimes. He said that the police forces are looking for the best technology that can keep the public safe. The DPB will be focusing on pilot projects to identify which products and services are working well, and then these will be rolled out quickly.