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Advertorial: Get Equipped for the Future of Policing

Emergency Services Show will be held from September 18-19 in Hall 5, at the NEC, Birmingham.

Advertorial: Get Equipped for the Future of Policing

Date - 17th July 2019
By - Police Oracle

How emerging technologies are improving the efficiency and operational effectiveness of policing is set to be the key focus of The Emergency Services Show in 2019.

The event, which is free to attend, offers a unique opportunity for police officers of every rank to learn, collaborate and access the support services and networks which can help them in their increasingly demanding roles.

Free CPD-accredited seminars will run throughout the two-day event, while around the indoor and outdoor exhibition visitors will be able to see and touch the latest kit and discuss their requirements with more than 450 suppliers.

Almost 70 businesses and organisations will be exhibiting at The Emergency Services Show for the first time this year.

This year The Emergency Services Show has an exciting new addition - The SkyBound Rescuer Drone Seminar and a SkyBound Rescuer Drone Zone. This is to encourage drone development for emergency services through research and discussion, proudly sponsored by SOARIZON®? by Thales.

Popular returning features include the College of Paramedics CPD Workshops and the highly interactive Extrication and First Aid and Trauma Challenges hosted by West Midlands Fire Service.

Andrew Bentley, a South Yorkshire Police Technical Support Officer,  who attended the show in 2018 described it as: “an excellent learning, development and networking opportunity for those who want to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in policing and our partner emergency services.”

Register to Attend:

Entry to the exhibition and seminars, as well as parking, remains free.

You can register for free entry by visiting:

Free CPD Seminars

Four dedicated theatres on the show floor will host a wide range of thought-provoking, CPD-accredited seminar sessions during the two days event with a focus on health & wellbeing, IT developments, emerging technologies for the emergency services and lessons learnt from operational incidents.

The programmes can be viewed here.

In the Health & Wellbeing Theatre, Devon and Cornwall Police will share details of the “surfing therapy” programme they have formulated for treating mental health conditions including stress and PTSD. It is based around a wealth of scientific research and ongoing projects in the military and charity sectors.

  • Jo Tearall, Sam Davies and James Mallows (above) of Devon and Cornwall Police will present a session on the ocean therapy “Surfwell” in the Health and Wellbeing Theatre

Oscar Kilo will be updating visitors on its National Police Wellbeing Service and talking about the “wellbeing van” it is bringing to the show. This is one of a fleet of bespoke-fitted vans which can deploy to operating bases across England and Wales, offering physical, psychological and financial health checks to officers and staff, supported by occupational health staff from each force area.

Police Care UK will share the findings of a national police survey it undertook with the University of Cambridge which found that one in five police are suffering with a form of PTSD yet 83 per cent don’t even know it. This session which talks about the practical steps that police can take now to improve their trauma resilience and training.

  • Damian Chapman, Head of Communications - Police Care UK will present a session on PTSD in the Health & Wellbeing Theatre

The Police Federation of England and Wales will talk about the findings of the first-ever survey looking at how the menopause affects police officers and staff in the workplace, and how the findings can be used to facilitate better support and inform future policy and guidance.

  • Photo and caption: Hayley Aley, National Women's Board Representative - Police Federation of England and Wales will present a session on the Menopause in the Health & Wellbeing Theatre

British Red Cross will give an update on its Resilient Responders Programme which aims to build individual and team resilience through a range of psychosocial support and interventions.

There will also be sessions on the psychological impacts on control room staff, equality and diversity and men’s mental health.

IT Theatre sponsored by Excelerate

Sessions will include how Cloud is pushing operational efficiency on the frontline and how 5G could improve operational response. The programme will also take a look at minimising data costs and how the public's use of technology will change how they interact with the 999 service in the future. For example, there will be a seminar on “what3words,” a simple system that gives every 3x3m square in the world a three-word address which enables emergency services to accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.

  • Geordie Palmer, Business Development Director, what2words will be speaking in the IT Theatre.

The Police ICT company will also be speaking and there will be updates on the Emergency Services Network critical communications system from the Home Office.

Emerging Technologies Theatre sponsored by MSA

This new seminar theatre will explore how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning could be used to improve emergency response. It will focus on the training benefits of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and look at emerging vehicle technologies including electric vehicles and connected cars.

The multi-agency (JESIP) benefits of training in a simulated immersive environment will be discussed in a session looking at Coventry University’s Simulation Centre has been working with West Midlands emergency services and council planners on a training exercise. Inspector 4474 Mark Teago, West Midlands Police will be among those sharing learnings from the experience in the Q and A.

  • Emma Parkinson, Course Director, Emergency Planning and Crowded Places, Coventry University will be talking about the benefits of training with simulation platforms

Professor Mark Wilson, co-founder of the GoodSAM platform that alerts doctors, nurses, paramedics and those trained in basic life support to emergencies around them, will present a session on a trial for live streaming of video from incident scenes.

Lessons Learnt Theatre sponsored by UCLan

Sessions will include a focus on lessons to be learnt from frontline operations. There will be a case study on the Salisbury nerve agent incident and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit will explain how Scotland has been so successful in dealing with knife crime. Another session entitled “Murder is Everyone’s Business” will cover the criminal investigation into a gang-related murder where multi-agency collaboration led to many successful convictions. The Cabinet’s Office’s Resilience Direct and ISRG Civil Contingencies Secretariat will also be presenting sessions.

  • Alastair Muir, Chief Inspector and Deputy Director of SVRU - Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland will be speaking about knife crime.

Eddie Thistlethwaite OBE, Associate Lecturer - UCLAN will present the session “Murder is Everyone’s Business”

SkyBound Rescuer Drone Seminar and a SkyBound Rescuer Drone Zone

The SkyBound Rescuer Drone Seminar and a SkyBound Rescuer Drone Zone proudly sponsored by SOARIZON®? by Thales will help emergency services and public safety professionals to make the best tactical and strategic use of drone technology.

On September 19 the seminar will share the latest innovative thinking, reveal what lessons can be learned from experience, fully explore what is possible today and equip visitors with the strategic and tactical knowledge to apply to future drone operations. The seminar day opens with a thought-provoking presentation on Public Safety Drones by internationally renowned keynote speaker, Charles Werner; a pioneer of drones in public safety across the USA. This will be followed by five research-driven presentations covering the latest research in the field of drones for public safety in the UK and internationally.

To register to attend the SkyBound Rescuer Drone Seminar on 19 September visit:

Virtual Reality Training

Exhibiting at the Show for the first time this year, The Simulation Centre will use two 95-inch screens to give visitors a taste of its immersive and dynamic virtual training facility at Coventry University with 10 metre curved screen. XVR Simulations on the stand will recreate a recent multi-agency exercise held at the Simulation Centre, which visitors will be able to participate in and receive informal feedback on their performance. It will also be possible to trial the centre’s social media simulator which safely recreates realistic and interactive social media and media coverage of emergency events. 

Opportunity to Network and Collaborate

Exhibiting companies include leading names in first response, communications, IT, protective clothing and uniforms, body-worn video, medical supplies, drug testing, vehicles and fleet, vehicle equipment, drones, outsourcing, training, community safety and station facilities. Ask-4 Business Solutions, Audax Global Solutions, 5.11 Tactical UK, BMW Group, Bristol Uniforms, Coverwatch, Horton Motorcycles, Primetech, SimTrainer UK, Sub Zero Technology and Vimpex are among those who will be showcasing their latest products and solutions to police visitors.

Arktis Endurance Textiles will be showcasing its latest products, including: the Mammoth Shirt with handwarmer pockets that has seen action with the military and police dog handling units; the Avenger jacket worn by most UK police forces; and the Arktis coat, popular with prison officers.

  • Arktis coat

In the networking hub of the show, The Collaboration Zone, over 80 emergency services, voluntary groups, charities and NGOs will be sharing details of the support they offer, and partner agencies will be available to discuss co-response. British APCO, British Transport Police, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary & Fire & Rescue Services and Police Care UK are among the exhibitors who have already booked stands in this popular area of the exhibition. New exhibitors include the Disabled Police Association, Immigration Enforcement & Law Enforcement Engagement, Ministry of Justice and UK Emergency Support Services.

Getting there:

The NEC is linked to Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport and is directly accessible from the UK motorway network. 

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