criminal justice
local government

The Future of Policing and Crime Management

criminal justice

local government

08:45 - 16:00

Tuesday 8 October 2019

America Square Conference Centre, Central London

This Forum will provide attendees the opportunity to discuss and strategise future policing transformation in response to growing pressures in the sector. Delegates will have the chance to assess data-driven and digital transformation, react to funding adjustments and build local partnerships to drive forward effective frontline policing. Participants will also hear from best practice case studies, working effectively to implement successful technological transformation projects, which are driving more effective crime management.


This Forum is specially designed for Police and Local Authorities. Typical job titles will include:

  • Superintendents
  • Detective Chief Superintendents
  • Chief Constables
  • Heads of Criminal Justice
  • Service Delivery Managers
  • Heads of Programmes and Practices
  • Frontline Policing Managers
  • Capability Development Officers
  • Specialist Operations Managers
  • Directors of Finance
  • Directors of Digital Policing
  • Community Health and Wellbeing Officers
  • Heads of Community Safety
  • Senior Police Officers
  • IT Directors

This Forum is also open to Central Government, the Voluntary Sector and Private Sector to encourage debate and networking.

Key Speakers Confirmed:


  • Sir Thomas Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary
  • Susannah Hancock, Chief Executive, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC)
  • PCC Paddy Tipping, Chair, Police Reform and Transformation Board
  • Hacer Evans, Director of Digital Policing Portfolio, National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) 
  • Ian Kearns, Senior Associate Fellow, The Police Foundation
  • Hazel Williamson, Head of Service – Staffordshire Youth Offending Service, Staffordshire County Council 
  • Rebecca Hyde, Detective Chief Inspector, Staffordshire Police
  • DC Richard Cheshire, Detective Sergeant – Digital Forensics Unit, Northamptonshire Police
  • Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson, Neighbourhood Partnership and Policing Command, Cleveland Police
  • Sheena Urwin, Head of Criminal Justice, Durham Constabulary
View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Professor Colin Rogers, Professor of Policing and Security, The International Centre for Policing and Security – University of South Wales (CONFIRMED)

Part 1 – Policy and Funding Overview: A Vision for the Future


Hot Seat: Inspecting, Monitoring and Driving Efficiency Across Police Forces

This ‘Hot Seat’ Session will enable delegates to ask Sir Thomas Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, direct questions about the future of policing. This will ensure attendees are given the opportunity to raise their concerns, enquire about future efficiency projects moving forward and more directly engage with the speaker. 

Sir Thomas Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Providing a Coherent Vision for Transforming Policing and Crime Management

  • Publishing the Policing Vision 2025 alongside NPCC, which will shape transformation change and evolving resource usage over the coming years
  • Improving the link between communities and police via local policing which is more tailored to localised needs and adapt to the modern policing environment
  • Building up specialist capabilities and standardising these functions across forces given the rising threat of cybercrime, terrorism and organised crime
  • Prioritising digital policing by making it easier for the public to contact forces digitally, improving digital evidence and transferring all material to digital formats

Susannah Hancock, Chief Executive, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking

Part 2 – Prioritising Collaboration and Innovation to Reduce Pressure on Police Forces


Special Keynote: Transforming Policing Through Cultural Reform and Workforce Transformation

  • Working collaboratively to transform policing within the Police Reform and Transformation Board by working across the Home Office, National Crime Agency, APCC and NPCC
  • Responding to the increased demand for policing by increasing policing capacity by filling capability gaps, maximising the value of special constables and improving productivity through technology
  • Changing the culture of policing so that it is proactive rather than reactive, ensuring police are taking a greater role in prevention of crime rather than just response
  • Driving workforce transformation by strategizing how to attract the highest quality, most diverse talent, rewarding skills, providing wellbeing support and providing workforces with the most modern digital technology

PCC Paddy Tipping, Chair, Police Reform and Transformation Board (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Building Effective Local Partnerships Between Local Councils and Local Police Forces to Drive Down Crime

  • Pushing forward Staffordshire’s Youth Offending Service which, through partnership working between the police, county council, children’s social care and local education centres, has delivered bespoke crime prevention projects for young people across the area
  • Joining up agencies to deliver effective preventative programmes through joint funding from the Office of the Police Commissioner (OPCC) and Staffordshire County Council
  • Exploiting police specialities to identify young people at risk of first time offences under the LASPOA framework, with the local council able to intervene in these lives to change their projected life course
  • Drastically reducing the number of First Time Entrants into the criminal justice system through this partnership approach by 43% in one year

Hazel Williamson, Head of Service – Staffordshire Youth Offending Service, Staffordshire County Council (CONFIRMED)

Rebecca Hyde, Detective Chief Inspector, Staffordshire Police (CONFIRMED)








Case Study: Changing Culture by Embedding Body Worn Video Cameras Into Northamptonshire Police

  • Managing expectations about the introduction and evolution of the UK’s leading body worn cameras implementation, including how body worn video was introduced to the organisation back in 2006 and has continued to evolve and change
  • Understanding what barriers Northamptonshire Police faced when trying to implement this leading solution
  • Realising the benefits of body worn cameras and how the organisation changed when success was publicised
  • Operating on a business as usual basis by considering how the organisation is still benefiting from body worn video and how it will continue to benefit moving forward 
  • What’s in store – What does the future hold for this technology and how can these lessons be applied to other police forces?

DC Richard Cheshire, Detective Sergeant – Digital Forensics Unit, Northamptonshire Police (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking

Part 3 – Digitalisation, Data and Technology: Driving Forward Transformation Across Police Forces


Afternoon Keynote: Taking the Lead in Delivering the Digital Transformation of Policing

  • Outlining the vision of the Digital Policing Portfolio (DPP), the national delivery organisation tasked with better placing policing and crime management to respond to an increasingly digital world through three delivery programmes
  • Providing a reliable digital communication service between the police and public through the Digital Public Contract (DPC), improving police response to a range of crimes
  • Better enabling police forces to respond to digital crimes through the Digital Intelligence and Investigation (DII) programme, which is improving the digital knowledge of frontline staff and ensuring specialist capability with regards to cyber-crime
  • Implementing the Digital First (DF) national programme, bringing digitised policing into the Criminal Justice System (CJS) through digitally storing all case file evidence and information and ensuring all data is digitally accessible across the CJS system

Hacer Evans, Director of Digital Policing Portfolio, National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Adopting Data-Driven and Digital Policing to Deliver Greater Public Value

  • Releasing the Data-Driven Value and Public Value March 2019 report, which examines how data and digitalisation can transform policing to deliver public value by reducing crime, improving public relationships and using funds more efficiently
  • Understanding how technological developments, such as ‘internet of things’ and Blockchain add immense complexity to the criminal and policing landscape by introducing new manners through which crime can be prevented, tackled and also committed
  • Ensuring the provision of formal staff training programmes, such as by private companies, so that staff can effectively and accurately handle data and digital systems
  • Implementing new regulations which are able to govern data-driven and algorithmic support systems in policing and criminal justice
  • Developing additional Authorised Professional Practices to guide the effective integration of these support systems into policing

Ian Kearns, Senior Associate Fellow, The Police Foundation (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking Session


Case Study: Cutting Crime and Policing Costs Through a Mass Data Improvement Project

  • Partnering with Experian to introduce a new data management system, Golden Nominal, which has cleaned and deduplicated data so that chaotic records now exist in a single view file for each individual
  • Removing the high numbers of duplicates (1.9 million individual records covering a 600,000 population) through an organised data set which is better at exposing potential individual threats and characteristics
  • Saving huge amounts of staff time by no longer having to manually link and manage duplicates, but instead having this managed automatically
  • Reducing the number of duplicates by 100,000 per year, saving an unprecedented 10 years’ worth of work for one staff member through automatic data merging and cleaning
  • Demonstrating the benefits of good quality data management by cutting costs and saving time, with cost-savings of £250,000 annually and daily security clearance time reduced from 1.5 hours to 15 minutes

Winner of the ‘Data Excellence’ Award at the National Business Awards 2018

Winner of the ‘Breakthrough with Data’ Award at the Data IQ Awards 2018

Chief Superintendent Alastair Simpson, Neighbourhood Partnership and Policing Command, Cleveland Police (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Understanding and Reducing the Risk of Future Offending Through Artificial Intelligence Technology

  • Becoming the first police force to go live with an artificial intelligence (AI) system, the Harm Assessment Risk Tool (HART), which improves public safety by helping police officers understand offender’s risk of future offending
  • Employing this algorithm based on five years’ worth of Durham Constabulary data, making predictions based on 33 metrics and determining whether to keep offenders in custody
  • Achieving greater consistency in decision making and getting offenders on the most effective path, which has helped to create longer term reductions in harm to the public
  • Achieving remarkable accuracy with this AI tool, evidenced in the error rate only at 2.4% for those at low-risk who turn out to be high-risk

Sheena Urwin, Head of Criminal Justice, Durham Constabulary (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair's Summary and Close

UK police forces are experiencing increased demand for services at a time when police numbers have been reduced by 45,000 (19%) over the past decade and funding has fallen by 30% in that time. Visible frontline roles have fallen by 10% in the last three which, combined with the evolving nature of crime (such as emerging cyber and digital crime), has left police forces under ever increasing pressure to deal with crimes. This has led to some forces being unable to investigate up to 50-60% of crimes reported to them. Whilst digital and data driven approaches have the capacity to ease these pressures, currently only 10% of forces have successfully invested in artificial intelligence, data analytics and cloud technology.

With The Home Office announcing over £1 billion of increased funding in December 2018 – the largest investment in policing since 2010 – policy is beginning to support dramatic change in policing. Further, The Police Transformation Fund is now open for its second round of funding applications, having already benefited 98 projects with £223 million of funding. This funding is intended to drive transformation in policing through digitalisation, data enhancements, workforce support and new capabilities.

With the Forensic Science Strategy published by The Home Office in April 2019, it is clear that policing is making marked movements to create a more evidence-based approach to crime management and detection. This will be complemented by greater local partnership between police forces and local government, as demonstrated in the additional focus on Community Safety Partnerships in the 2018 Serious Violence Strategy and £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund.

In a changing funding environment and with recent pushes for enhancing digital capabilities to deliver cash savings, improve efficiency and better detect crime, policing in the UK could be on the verge of much needed transformation. In order to both achieve and hasten this much needed change, it is vital that policymakers and police forces are closely exchanging revised plans and best practice on funding adjustments, digitalisation, local policing and workforce enhancements.

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