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News - 13 March 2011
New system could 'revolutionise' the way police work with neighbourhood watch coordinators
A new secure data-sharing system will make it easier for police to communicate with neighbourhood watch coordinators. The supplier of the system, Littoralis, claims that its product, Neighbourhood Policing Intranet, will ensure that limited local policing resources can go a lot further.
|A 'revolution' in neighbourhood policing?|
For the police, thousands of neighbourhood watches throughout the country constitute a massive resource for gathering intelligence, identifying offenders and preventing crime. But the sheer size of the Neighbourhood Watch movement presents a challenge. How can the police, with limited and often over-stretched local policing teams, deliver really effective support to these many thousands of individual watch groups?
Based on Littoralis' successful BCRP Intranet system which has been implemented in dozens of business crime reduction partnerships throughout the country, NPI ensures more efficient exchange of information, more acurate and timely intelligence, and more regular and effective two-way communication. All with minimum administration - and at low cost.
The benefits for police and their local communities include:
- Distribution of offender details and mugshots to watch coordinators at street level in always-up-to-date galleries with no need for physically distribution.
- Quick, easy online incident reporting of low-level crime or anti-social behaviour.
- Distribution of unidentified mugshots locally, greatly increasing the number of successful identifications.
- An automated weekly eNewsletter to every coordinator up-dating them with new mugshots and offender details, police Alerts, local news and upcoming events.
- Easy distribution of documents to coordinators, including forms for download direct from the intranet.
- One-off emails and SMS messages for urgent communication.
According to Littoralis director, Dave Platten: "NPI is all about using the power of a secure intranet to bring the police and local watch coordinators closer together and deliver really tangible benefits for both. I believe that the system can truly revolutionise the way police interact with their local neighbourhood coordinators. Information flow is smoother, less costly and more effective. More information, better delivered, means more cooperation and more cost-effective crime reduction."
Platten claims that Littoralis' new Neighbourhood Policing Intranet is as easy to administer as its established BCRP Intranet system. Built-in, as standard, it offers
- Single-click addition of coordinators to the intranet
- Self-Certification system which 'forces' coordinators to confirm that they have, read, understood and agree to abide by the rules of the intranet so they are compliant with Best Practice and the Data Protection Act.
- Simple content management - adding, editing and deleting content on the intranet is easy and quick using Littoralis' Content Management System.
- NPI can link with neighbouring NPIs - and business crime reduction partnerships that also use Littoralis products - so travelling offenders can be tracked and traced.
A single implementation of Neighbourhood Policing Intranet, covering any number of coordinators and handling any amount of information, is £1,250, plus a monthly licence of £95. Installation comes with full training and customisation to include police logos as well the logos of other relevant partners etc. Licence payments cover help desk, hosting on Littoralis' secure servers, unlimited bandwidth and data storage, and all future system enhancements.
For more on Neighbourhood Policing Intranet, visit Littorali' website here or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can watch an online video describing the system here
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