Forces collaborate on app creation hub


Durham and Cumbria constabularies have given officers the ability to create specially designed smart phone solutions, via the use of Microsoft Power Apps.

According to a statement, “officers and staff of all ranks and in all roles [will be able to] suggest new applications that could help their jobs, particularly frontline police. IT staff would then put the ideas into practice.”

Speaking of the new ‘Data and Technology Innovation Hub,’ Durham chief constable, Jo Farrell, said: "Our officers are working in an ever-changing digital environment and the demands on them are constantly [evolving]. It’s vital that they have the ability to share, process and access information as efficiently as possible and this innovative approach to policing does just that.

"Using handheld devices means our frontline officers can spend more time out and about in our communities, tackling criminals, deterring crime and ultimately protecting the people we serve".

Cumbria chief constable, Michelle Skeer, said: "Cumbria is an incredibly large and rural county, so one area of business to improve is cutting out travel from crime scene to police station.

"The constabulary, Microsoft and Tisski have done a fantastic job in getting this set. I look forward to seeing what type of apps and functions will present themselves in the future.”

For the latest on communications technology being used in policing, register for BAPCO 2021.

Media contact

Philip Mason
Managing Editor, Critical Communications Portfolio
Tel: +44 (0)20 3874 9216