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Advertorial: The case for better technology and wellbeing

Reducing the administrative burden with fit-for-purpose technology can have a huge impact on officers' ability to do their job.

Advertorial: The case for better technology and wellbeing

Date - 20th August 2019
By - Police Oracle
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There’s no denying the pressure the police are under, and without technology like Chorus to help lower workloads, increased levels of stress will continue to impact on the wellbeing of officers.

Increasing levels of sick leave

Last year, sick leave relating to stress and depression among police officers across the UK increased by 70 per cent with high levels of demand and insufficient officer numbers cited as the main cause, combined with the nature and risk of the job.

It comes as no surprise that stress levels were up as the UK experienced a spike in violent and serious organised crime – causing greater pressure on already overloaded resources.

The Government’s pledge to provide an extra 20,000 officers over the next three years – and the recently launched National Police Wellbeing service – will certainly ease things but, overall, we believe technology has a greater part to play.

Investigating crime, efficiently

Technology enables anyone to be more efficient and effective at their job, and it is no different for police officers.

Chorus’s new self-service analytics platform is giving investigators across the country the ability to cut through the mass of data involved in every case, and figure out what happened around the time of an offence.

In some cases, it has saved them 97 per cent of their time when manipulating data, especially those that contain communications data and device downloads that are notoriously hard to cleanse and analyse.

Reducing the administrative burden

With as much as 90 per cent of the day spent on admin, having technology that is fit for purpose can have a huge impact on the ability of officers to do their job and therefore their mental wellbeing.

Accessing many different systems to progress a case also adds to delays and the stress of trying to conduct an investigation in a timely manner.

The July 2019 front line review contained messages from officers that felt like they are not able to solve crimes and protect the public – due to being overworked and lacking access to the right technology.

  • Cutting through red tape

Access to technology

Diminishing analyst numbers have placed an even greater burden on investigators and front-line officers when it comes to using data to get answers.

With data fast becoming the new DNA, it is crucial that forces begin to recognise the need to give them access to vital technology.

This is especially true if that technology is designed to allow them to work more efficiently and achieve better outcomes for the public.

So, let us help you.

If you are spending too much of your time trying to comprehend data – then contact Chorus and we can show you how to get back to solving crime, protecting the public and feeling good.

If you would like to learn more about Chorus and how it is supporting law enforcement then visit its website, or email

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30yrGMP - Thu, 29 August 2019

Technology is important. Go back to the Yorkshire Ripper case and the reason he wasn't caught for so long was the sheer volume of paper data that had to be trawled through. That's why HOLMES was introduced. However,when technology fails, it creates its own nightmare because of our reliance on it. We lose vital data and that can lead to serious harm. Just look at GMP at the moment with its new computer system iOps. Google it and have a read if you want to know the scale of the problem.