At a meeting in Edinburgh today (Thursday 31 May) the Board of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has given its broad support to Police Scotland's strategy and vision to significantly enhance its technology capability and enable the transformation of the service to ensure policing can continue to serve a changing Scotland.
The Digital, Data and ICT Strategy presented to members by Police Scotland is frank and candid in acknowledging the historic underinvestment in technology by policing, the need to replace ageing infrastructure which frustrates officers and staff in doing their jobs effectively and efficiently, and the need to use and develop technology to stay ahead of organised crime and other threats.
While the Authority was not approving a business case for investment, the Police Scotland proposals signal the need for significant investment. While the Authority was clear that the case for investment to address an out of date infrastructure was made, members stressed that investment in technology must be matched going forward with a focus on business change to support the workforce to be able to use it.
The Board's scrutiny of the strategy highlighted areas for further development by Police Scotland before a detailed outline business case is brought to the SPA for approval in the Autumn, including:
- benchmarking and better measuring improvements in capacity and capability envisaged from technology
- how this investment will support wider public services in addressing community need as well as benefiting policing.
- strengthened management, accountability and governance to ensure policing learns from other successful technology integration & investment programmes as well as heeding past failures.
To watch a recording of the SPA Board's consideration of the Digital, Data and ICT Strategy, please visit the SPA's livestream channel at: https://livestream.com/SPA/Edinburgh