Saving on software: Making UK policing resources go further

Alan Hayward, UK Manager at SEH Technologies shares his views on how pooling IT resources can help police forces to cut costs without reducing services.

From £100 million spent on mobile fingerprinting devices by the Met Police alone, to plans to use AI to save £30 million, technology is set to be a huge priority for policing over the next few years. However, one of the big challenges ahead is how to balance making the most of the advanced capabilities digitalisation offers without the needing to cut back other resources to do so.

There is no doubt that digital transformation comes with a price tag, but approached in the right way that investment can be swiftly recouped and further savings made to be funneled into other areas of policing. Not only this, but with more and more cases relying on digital evidence being collected from computers and mobile devices, investing in the right software is essential. However, it is also the responsibility of IT managers to make sure those resources are used as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

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