The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the commencement of new research into ‘Maximising the Public Benefits of Automated Alarms’ having commissioned Perpetuity Research to lead a far-reaching, industry-wide initiative that begins next month.
The NSI’s CEO Richard Jenkins explained to Risk UK: “The well-proven Unique Reference Number police response process has long been a great unsung mainstay in private-public sector collaboration and, over the last ten to 15 years, has contributed dramatically to public safety and increasing efficiencies for the police service at a time when pressures on resources have never been higher. However, technology marches on and the opportunities are there for moving the success of the police URN to another level. This study is about crystallising the possibilities from among all stakeholders and envisioning the added benefits that could be realised from further enhancement.”
In 2002-2003, the NSI appointed Perpetuity Research to produce a report on ‘The Causes of False Alarms’. That document was widely referred to and became an important reference point for policy and communication within the security sector, for the police service and beyond. The findings from the report have largely stood the test of time.
“We’re very excited that, 15 years on, we can now re-visit the police response model and help in defining how a modern technology can build further on the successes to date,” enthused Jenkins. “Perpetuity is an expert and knowledgeable partner to help paint a picture of how this might work. With input from key stakeholders in the process, we’re confident that this new study will help inform the debate about the URN of the future.”
Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, director of Perpetuity Research, added: “It’s our belief that this independent piece of work can help bring clarity to the table and inform the debate about how further success in police URNs might be delivered in the interests of public safety, the protection of people and property and police savings. Having delivered the 2003 study, the time is right to revisit this arena, discover how industry and police thinking has moved on, learn about what opportunities are there and how benefits might be realised. We’re delighted to have again been approached by the NSI in order to conduct this new research.”
It’s expected that the findings from this industry study will be organised on a fast-track basis with an initial report available in spring/early summer 2018.
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