As 2016 draws to a close, it’s our pleasure to wish you a safe and Merry Christmas. We also wanted to thank you for your support, share some of our work since we started just a few months ago, and give an indication of areas we’ll be covering in 2017.
Safety on the frontline
We kicked things off in September 2016 with our work on Spit Guards, evidencing the risks posed to officers and the need to protect our frontline professionals. We drew particular attention to the explosion in hepatitis C (HCV) among the population and the fact that some 59% of injecting drug users test positive for HCV, a group that police officers regularly come into contact with.
In October 2016 we were delighted to receive our first mention in Parliament, during an important debate on the topic of police safety, led by Halifax MP Holly Lynch. You can watch the full debate or view our mention below:
We have continued to build international connections, spending time with police chiefs, frontline officers and leaders across a range of countries and cities including: Paris, New York, Chicago, Brussels, Munich, Washington DC, Milwaukee and Ottawa. You can also read about our reflections on the recent IACP Conference.
We have formally started work on a range of applications to support the pubic and help frontline professionals deliver the very best policing and public safety for all. You can also now register with us as a designer, developer or public safety professional keen to be involved in future policing and public safety hackathons.
The Next Commissioner
We launched our first major research report – The Next Commissioner – calling for community interview panels and a public candidate forum to strengthen the existing process for selecting police chiefs.
Former London Assembly Member Baroness Jones and former Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh both spoke positively of our work in The Next Commissioner.
Police Web Security
In October we published Secure Foundations – the first independent review of the security of connections to public-facing police websites.
Our Impact and Reach
We have secured significant media interest and coverage in 2016, featuring in Police Professional, the London Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, BBC, Business Reporter, Policing Insight, The Custodial Review, UKAuthority, ITPro, DBN and The Register.
The Year Ahead
The safety of young people, border policing, offender management, the technology challenge, funding public safety and support for frontline professionals are key areas we look forward to sharing with you in 2017.