In an emergency situation police control room call handlers need effective technology solutions to help them respond and deploy the appropriate help to, in many cases, life or death situations.
We spoke to Steve Austin, Regional Account Manager of APD, a partner of Sopra Steria.
SmartContact is a control room solution jointly provided by Sopra Steria and APD. It enables the public to make contact with the police via various channels for example through web chat or instant messaging. In some cases, the issue can be resolved swiftly through this means of communication.
A call handler is able to track an individual’s call history, through the audit trail of contacts provided by the systems Customer Relationship Management (CRM) capabilities. This crucially provides the call handler context in relation to a particular individual e.g. a vulnerable person who may contact the police in a particular way to report being in danger. This information is made immediately available to the call handler each time the individual makes contact.
Technology can and does help call handlers in police incident rooms manage critical calls more effectively providing increased assistance to the public.
This interview is part of our Policing Spotlight series where we explore key issues relating to policing in the UK, with senior law enforcement figures. To view the video interview and follow the series, visit our Policing Spotlight page.