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Report latest ‘Policing the Nation’

Meeting digital and societal needs – UK Police are facing new ethical dilemmas in an increasingly digital world

18 March 2019

Report latest ‘Policing the Nation’

BMT is pleased to have sponsored this report to help inform the submission to the UK’s 2019 Comprehensive Spending Review and the wider debate on meeting the costs of delivering innovative but ethical policing as we look ahead to 2030 and beyond.

As we seek to influence those that determine the shape of policing now and in the future, it is clear that the local, regional and national responses to the opportunities, threats and risks presented by digital and societal challenges needs to be intelligence-led but data-driven and carefully considered in line with Sir Robert Peel’s nine Principles of Policing, which are as true and necessary today as they ever were.

‘the dilemma of legitimacy plagues no state institutions more doggedly than the police’*

Today, probing questions are being asked about the new demands the police service is likely to face; the current state of neighbourhood policing which serves as the bedrock of British policing; whether capacity is appropriately configured and funded; and what the service’s plans are to improve efficiency and deliver effective performance in response to the changing nature of crime, a changing demographic, new demands on policing and increasing complexity.

This Cityforum report was produced following discussion with industry, academia, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, the Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Director General of the National Crime Agency.

BMT is pleased to have sponsored this wide-ranging report and help inform the submission to the UK’s 2019 Comprehensive Spending Review and the wider debate on meeting the costs of delivering innovative but ethical policing as we look ahead to 2030 and beyond.

Key themes:

  1. Peel and consent in the digital age.
  2. Ethical behaviour and justice.
  3. Design resourcing, crime and prevention.
  4. Peel principles and the vision for the future.

BMT is an established and trusted supplier to the police service and other multi-domain, complex security environments. The scope of our involvement has seen us working across the whole criminal justice lifecycle, from first contact through investigation, the court systems and the prison service through to reform and rehabilitation. Our staff are passionate about the work they do to help improve lives and increase public safety.

We are committed to helping police forces, first responders and the wider criminal justice system transform, and become more agile by preparing them for a digital and automated future. By strategically aligning ourselves with the NPCC’s forward-looking Policing Vision 2025 priorities and its National Enabling Programmes, we’ve already enabled several positive policing outcomes for the Metropolitan Police Service and the National Crime Agency.

Find out more about how we can help you; from business transformation consultancy supplementing both capability and capacity on complex transformation and enabling programmes to artificial intelligence, automation, virtual reality, data visualisation, data analytics and insights, cyber security and more.

Contact Alan Hodgson, Strategic Advisor – Policing & Justice at BMT.

* Herbert S (2006) Tangled up in blue: conflicting paths to police legitimacy; Theoretical Criminology, November 2006


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