We are very lucky in the UK to have a Policing system that is based on public consent—the public collaborating and allowing Policing function, rather than being forced or implemented by Government. As Sir Robert Peel said “The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence”.
But how do we maintain that golden thread of policing consent? Especially during a time where more and more is asked of public services against a backdrop of increasing criminal sophistication and requests for service from an ever-widening spectrum of root causes. No doubt there are a variety of improvements needed.
How can we improve the current system?
One route is to ensure easier communication from the public to our law enforcement services. This would enable the public to share information and evidence with the authorities in a way that is easy, secure and builds confidence that media concerned will be investigated and acted upon quickly.
Limited resources means many law enforcement agencies have withdrawn from the in-person collection of media evidence, requiring victims of crime to send in their digital evidence via postal services. In other cases, police investigators are required to personally collect digital evidence, often making multiple visits to the same locations. Think how many times this task is completed for shoplifting offences, is this the best use of their time, with so many other pressures?
Thankfully, most members of the public don’t frequently come into contact with the police as a victim of crime. But when they do, it should be a priority to provide the highest level of service whilst maintaining policing consent.
What can Aetopia DAM help?
Utilising Aetopia DAM technology enables law enforcement to gather into one place multiple forms of media evidence, including; mobile phone footage, body worn cameras, drone footage, dashcam footage, CCTV, and so much more. Aetopia DAM automatically translates that footage into a viewable format for investigators to review and, where required, securely submits it to the CPS and the courts to aid the criminal justice process.
Upload links can be generated that enable the public to upload their digital evidence to the Aetopia secure cloud and for investigators to immediately view it—effortlessly streamlining the evidence gathering process from days to minutes. This process vastly improves the service to the public, and inspires greater confidence in law enforcement.
This huge resource saving means law enforcement agents can spend more time interacting meaningfully with a wider section of the public and improving public confidence. Policing is incumbent on all citizens, but we can be more efficient!
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