The Challenge of Change: How new tech is helping police forces around the UK

Written by Jason Almond, Vodafone on 23 January 2019 in Sponsored Article
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Vodafone will be sponsoring this year's Police ICT conference in Hinckley

This year’s Police ICT conference, held in Hinckley on the 23rd and 24th January 2019, will address the Challenge of Change. As a proud sponsor of the event together with BlackBerry, the Vodafone team is looking forward to meeting local police forces and discussing how developments in new technologies can help them advance their digital policing ambitions.


Our workshop on the 23rd January at 3.30pm will feature James Asser from BlackBerry (former Chief Inspector at Sussex Police) interviewing Chris Ullah (former Supt. of Greater Manchester Police), to get his view on why GMP is winning awardsfor their innovation in public services and what they to stay ahead of the criminals.  


At the event, we will be on hand to share a variety of ways to support police forces communication needs, AtHoc for real time crisis communication management is vital when seconds matter.  AtHoc protects police personnel; and ensures police force operations during unforeseen events.  There are also a number of solutions that you might not associate with us, which we can also provide more details on:


TecSOS – over 90% of UK police forces use TecSOS from Vodafone Foundation.  TecSOS is an initiative that supports victims of domestic abuse and other vulnerable people, through provision of a piece of technology that enables enhanced access to the police in an emergency.

Police Non-Emergency Number (101) – Since 2012 we have provided the 101 service, supporting over 30m calls annually. We determine the location of each caller in order that they can be routed to the correct local force.  101 provides a single, easy to remember way for the public to contact their local police force in a non-emergency situation wherever they are in the UK. 

Video Link – We provide the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) with a secure, trusted video link which allows witnesses, police officers and social workers to attend court virtually through live video testimony from a remote location into a live court room.  In the context of policing this provides a valuable alternative to having to attend court in person saving time and money.


We are also supporting #BeSafe, a campaign launched by the Met Police in September 2018 to raise awareness of mobile phone theft by scooter gangs.  The Met wanted to change the Londoners’ behaviour to make them less of a target. We supported the campaign through our London stores.  On purchasing a new mobile phone, we gave customers valuable information about what they could do to protect their phones, including regular back-ups and registering them with   


Watch this video to see the partnership in action and to learn more about the #BeSafe initiative. 


If you would like to find out more about the work we do and how Vodafone could help your force achieve its Digital Ambitions, please drop by our stand for a chat.


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