Speaking in a BBC Radio 4 interview, the head of the police watchdog has warned that police cuts in England and Wales are “here to stay”. Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Windsor said forces had “already made, and done it well in the main, cuts of 20% in the last four years” but warned that forces were facing another 5% budget restriction in the next year. Sir Thomas went on to suggest that in some cases there are “further efficiencies to be gained” with more savings likely, however he argued that police forces will “need to work smarter because they will be smaller”.
Across 2015 the ‘Innovative Emergency Services Series’ will travel across UK cities to help showcase emergency services innovation and partnerships which are helping Blue Light Services “work smarter”. The series brings together technology suppliers with key stakeholders responsible for the efficient delivery of UK Emergency Services. The agenda is built is by contributors from across police, fire and ambulance services as well as local government and technology suppliers, with the aim of overcoming the common barriers to mainstream adoption of solutions. The discussion led forums help to create new partnerships and introduce new technology which can help emergency services personnel undertake their crucial job more efficiently and safely.
The next forum will take place in London on February 24th. The ‘On-Site’ Forum will focus on regional examples of best practise and innovation which are helping southern based emergency service providers and technology suppliers to overcome financial restraints and barriers to new technology. Luana Avagliano, head of ResilienceDirect at the Cabinet Office is partnering the forum with contributions from O2, Capita, Ricoh UK, The Met Police and London Air Ambulance.
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