The drive to modernize policing
How technology is moving the police forward
By Gordon Harrison, Industry Consultant, Public Security SAS
Many police forces still work with outdated technology and manual processes. In fact, some are still paper-driven – which is time-consuming and error-prone. To further compound analysis and reporting, forces are often stymied by a lack of integration of internal systems. This poor data quality results in inaccurate or outdated information for police operations. And the ability to conduct extensive deep data searches and deploy high-quality analytics is frequently non-existent.
These issues are motivating police forces to modernize systems and processes. For instance, in India, the government has begun investment in police modernization. And in Eastern Europe, countries are modernizing law enforcement systems and processes.
Technology streamlines the criminal justice system by effectively integrating different elements of that system.
Technology can be the catalyst here. It minimizes the time your force spends completing reports and investigating crime, and streamlines the criminal justice system by effectively integrating different elements of that system – from custody management to case preparation. It can also drive transparency. Forces all have to produce statistics about what they are doing and why and how they are doing it. In this context, technology helps provide important information about outcomes as well as performance assessments that would not previously have been possible.
Keep your ear to the ground
To meet today’s policing priorities and prepare for the future, you need to track the latest technological trends and assimilate elements that are vital to your organization’s objectives. You also need to change your approach to information sharing - moving away from just storing data to sharing it with those who need it – and undertaking complex data analysis on it.
Modern technology is already helping support the growing police focus on crime prevention. It can help police quickly assess their data and gauge where best to apply resources. And, the data informs other preventative measures. For example, manufacturers use crime data and consultation with forces to develop products that prevent or deter criminals – car number plates that disintegrate when criminals try to remove them and windows with reinforced double glazing.
Insert the analytics dimension
Within any force, though, a platform that provides a single view of their data, effectively enabling all information on a criminal to be viewed and analyzed holistically whether physically located in an intelligence system, crime or number plate recognition system, is critical. Once an integrated approach like this is in place the next stage of the modernization process is to start applying high-performance analytics techniques and technologies to extract insight and provide value.
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- Combine data from all aspects of policing, including human resource training records, fleet management and duty rosters. This can create efficiencies that will allow you to make use of police officers’ time. .
- Holistically analyze data across the organization to better understand crime patterns and prevent crime.
- Make operational officers more effective by keeping them mobile, enabling vital briefing information to be pushed out in the field, and to input and access data without the need to return to the station.
Make information available
As the modernization process gathers pace, we expect to see more evidence of forces pushing data exploitation to the front line and operationalizing analytics using the latest advanced analytics technologies. Increasingly too, we will see technology providing true insight that will deliver new intelligence to frontline officers to drive efficiencies and proactively tackle crime.
Police, above all, need information to help them identify and understand threats, risks and potential harm to individuals or property and ensure there is a proportionate and effective response. To do so, they need to see the complete picture end-to-end and implement the requisite systems and solutions to address it. Innovation and skilled project management are necessary elements in delivering a coordinated response.