The right side of the law

ACPO-APA International Policing Exhibition, the UK’s largest and most influential policing event, took place from 8-9 July at Manchester central. The event saw just under 1,400 professionals from the policing and security sectors travel to Manchester to see the latest technology and services from over 160 leading suppliers and organisations.
The event proved to be a great success boasting a 14 per cent increase in visitor attendance, which included Chief Police Officers and Police Authority members as well as police staff and representatives from the Home Office, the Border and Immigration Agency, British Transport Police and those specialising in forensics, crime reduction, training, procurement, community safety and IT and communications.

Showcasing products
The comments from exhibitors reflected the success of the event; Bruce Murchie from Blackberry commented “It’s a must-do event” and Nigel Dutton from 02 said “It’s a great opportunity for us to show both our existing and potential police customers the range of 02’s appropriate police applications”. Anne Campbell from Norfolk Constabulary said “Interest in the exhibition and, particularly our stand, greatly exceeded expectations and resulted in lots of follow-up work for us. All in all, a success!”
Many suppliers used the event as a platform for their latest products. Scyron premiered the DEMON enterprise system to support intelligence gathering and evidence management across departments as well as borders. Crackdown offered the world’s first narcotics evidence inspection light (NEIL) for the law enforcement community, designed to aid in the search and identification of narcotics residue and Logica is available to discuss the seven year contract, in partnership with three other companies, to design, build and operate the Police National Database (PND) that will help to improve operational effectiveness across the UK.

Conference and seminars

Popular attractions at the exhibition included the educational seminar programme, which was well attended and stimulated debate about key issues within the sector. Topics included strategic lean result delivery, delivering the benefits of mobile data, taking the paperwork out of policing, ensuring effective and affordable air support operations and were given by leading experts including the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). Other attractions included ICTS-GIS drug and explosive search dogs who were giving demonstrations around the hall, the Public Safety Cycling Organisation who were available to discuss the latest in police cycling procedures and there were a number of the latest police vehicles on display.
Running alongside the exhibition was the Annual Summer Conference for the Association of Chief Police Officers and Association of Police Authorities. Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, and Paul Murphy, Chair of Greater Manchester Police Authority, gave the welcome address followed by Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, and Bob Jones, Chair of the Association of Police Authorities. Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for the Home Office was also a keynote speaker. Assembled delegates gathered for the full three-day conference programme, which focused on the theme of Protection, Safety and the Public and covered a range of topical issues including Workforce Development, Equality & Diversity Strategy and Counter Terrorism.

High level debating
Newly elected ACPO president Sir Hugh Orde said the 2009 Summer Conference was a triumph for tri-partite working:
“The recent conference held in Manchester was a crucial event on the policing calendar, giving all those interested parties the chance to come together and discuss and debate where policing in the UK is headed. It was a great opportunity to draw on the experience of those individuals that have a vested interest in making the UK policing service the best it possibly can be in caring for and protecting the public. I look forward to taking those robust discussions forward in the coming months by ensuring the learning from this conference is used as a springboard to meet the challenges ahead.”
APA Chairman Bob Jones said: “This year’s conference and exhibition in Manchester provided a very valuable opportunity to interact with a wide variety of policing colleagues from a range of partner organisations. The exchange of views was stimulating and made a real difference to developing a number of key issues for the future of policing including ensuring police are accountable to local communities. The opportunity to make significant progress on this and other important matters was invaluable and one that only a conference on the scale and magnitude of ACPO-APA could achieve.”
Next year’s Policing Exhibition will take place at Manchester Central from 12-13 May with the ACPO-APA Summer Conference taking place alongside it from 11-13 May at the same venue.
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