Improve and update technology systems and applications to increase efficiencies
Make cloud based technology the default for policing systems to increase capacity and ability to share information easily across systems.
Further develop our capacity for digital investigation and intelligence capture, so that officers can spend longer out in communities.
Deliver a new Digital 101 service which will provide residents with the ability to report crime and make enquiries to the Force via advanced chat and voice interfaces.
Continue to review the number of computerised systems in operation to determine their effectiveness/fitness for purpose and identify new opportunities
Increase data sharing across agencies to better target services to the needs of the people of Northamptonshire
Reduce the silo working in the county whereby different agencies hold only part of the total information. Data sharing will enable better decisions to be taken across agencies to meet the needs of our communities.
Work with the Cabinet Office to support work that will allow improved blue light multi-agency response to major incidents.
Invest in Estates
A comprehensive estates strategy for policing in the county has been developed. This includes the need to redevelop Wootton Hall as the headquarters for police but also fire and rescue and potentially other partners too.
A driver for the strategy will be to share accommodation with partners wherever possible, rationalising estate to invest back into frontline service delivery.
Ensure Value for Money
Develop ways to improve engagement with communities and for the public
Hold the Force to account for the use of money that is delegated to them, ensuring that the service is the most efficient and effective it can be, including measuring performance against a set of agreed outcomes.
The medium term financial plan can be found on the OPFCC website (www.NorthantsPFCC.org.uk) Reductions in central government grant and the additional pension costs arising from discount rate changes create significant pressures on the budget. At the same time, crime is changing, which requires investment in capabilities and capacity to equip the Force for the future.
Explore work to provide better and more effective enabling services for Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue and the OPFCC, ensuring as much money as possible is spent on frontline activity that improves people’s lives and makes Northamptonshire safer
Enhance Engagement and Consultation
Develop ways to improve engagement with communities and for the public to shape the services they receive, with the intention of improving public confidence in policing.
Ensure that hard to reach communities are able to have their voice heard on all matters on which we consult
Develop a Youth Commission to ensure that young people in the county are heard and influence the services for the future
Ensure that community groups get the opportunity to bid for up to £100,000 a year for projects to deliver against this plan.