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Digital policing

From browsing the internet, to accessing social media, banking and shopping online, it is fair to say our world has gone digital.

Public expectations of how they interact with policing are changing. The public now expect us to have a significant online presence, with a similar level of functionality and ease of use to other services they access on a daily basis.

While many advances in technology have huge benefits on how people communicate and transact, digital or ‘cyber’ crimes have increased significantly in recent years. In addition, the volume of digital evidence will only continue to increase.

Policing has to adapt and respond to the digital environment, to ensure it can relentlessly pursue criminals, protect the vulnerable, and reduce crime, wherever that occurs.


The Policing Vision 2025

The Policing Vision 2025 sets out how digital policing will:

  • Make it easier for the police and public to communicate with each other
  • Improve digital investigations and intelligence
  • Transfer all information with the Criminal Justice System (CJS) digitally.

Digital Policing Portfolio (DPP)

The DPP is a national delivery organisation that will support the evolution of policing, enabling forces to respond and adapt to the increasingly digital world we live in. It is responsible for delivering the Policing Vision 2025 by developing nationally consistent services and capabilities enabled by technology. The solutions developed will enable forces to meet the changing demands of the public, more effectively prevent and investigate crime and better handle digital evidence.

The services and capabilities will be developed by three key national programmes:


Digital Public Contact (DPC) - will provide a simple, well known and reliable digital contact service between the public and the police that ensures the public are informed and digitally enabled. DPC will allow for:

  • Reporting and tracking online – helping to improve the police response and quality of victim support
  • Enabling the public to undertake financial transactions online such as firearms licensing or penalty fines.

Digital Intelligence and Investigation (DII) - enabling policing to protect the public through preventing and detecting crime in a society that is becoming increasingly digital:

  • Improving the knowledge and skills of frontline officers and staff to address digital crime
  • Ensuring the specialist capability to respond to cyber-crime
  • Building and maintaining capabilities in the fast moving digital environment

Digital First (DF) - integrating digitised policing into the reformed Criminal Justice System, delivering the best service to the public by:

  • Providing all case file information and evidence, including multimedia, relevant to a criminal prosecution, digitally captured, stored and secured once in a chain of evidential integrity.
  • Accessibility on demand to all criminal justice partners.

Digital Policing Board (DPB)

The DPB sets the strategy for digital policing and defines, prioritises, and co-ordinates digital capability development nationally, regionally, and locally. The DPB reports to the Police Reform & Transformation Board (PRTB) and is chaired by Essex Police’s Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh. Members of the DPB include Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), and senior representatives from police forces, Home Office, National Crime Agency, College of Policing, and Police ICT Company.

The DPP Team

Essex Police's Chief Constable Steven Kavanagh is the senior responsible officer (SRO) for the portfolio. Reporting to Stephen are three SROs for the programmes:

DPC - Leicestershire Police's Chief Constable Simon Cole

DII - Hertfordshire Constabulary's Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Dunn

DF - Sussex Police's Chief Constable Giles York.

Assistant Chief Officer Hacer Evans is the Director of the DPP.

Programme Leads:

DPC - Superintendent Michael Loebenberg

DII - Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Keasey

DF - Siobhan Nolan

Follow the DPP on Twitter @UKDigitalPol