Ensuring that police officers have the right tools to get their jobs done is critical for the UK’s National Enabling Programmes (NEP). With 43 separate police forces that make up policing across England and Wales, the NEP was created to help introduce a secure, trusted, cloud-based digital platform along with the tools, applications and services that help the police forces streamline communications and collaboration.
One of the key goals of NEP is to transform the ways that police forces work and communicate, allowing them to serve their communities in better ways, and more effectively protect the public.
Chief of Staff for the programme, Owen White, sums up the work of the NEP in this way:
“This is the first time I’ve ever known policing own a national programme; from policing for policing. It’s at the heart of everything that police want to do.”Owen White, Chief of Staff, National Enabling Programmes (NEP)
Watch the video below, where Owen White discusses the NEP and its role helping police forces to become more effective for their communities.
Adopting the best technologies for the job
The various technologies adopted by NEP are built with secure connectivity in mind. These allow officers to work just as easily from cities and remote locations using cellular networks. By giving officers a better user experience, they are able to save time and operate more effectively away from the station. The result is that officers can log reports and access information even when using spotty connections in a remote area.
“Without connectivity… we are wasting our time. We use NetMotion because it works right out of the box.”Owen White, Chief of Staff, National Enabling Programmes (NEP)
White points out that the pace of policing has changed. With more officers in more forces using standardized tools, it is far easier and faster to share data while also being more cost-effective.
The future of policing
According to the NEP, the future of policing is digital. It’s about using everyday technology to help police work better together – speeding and simplifying the work they need to do while keeping it secure and efficient.
Delivering these enabling programmes across England and Wales provides greater economies of scale, common standards and consistency in the way that police forces use technology.