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 Award nomination for Durham’s use of SentrySIS software


​A SCHEME which has saved Durham Constabulary more than 8,000 frontline hours has been nominated for a national award.

Previously when we needed CCTV footage as part of an investigation, an officer would drive to the Durham County Council 24/7 CCTV monitored Control Room in County Durham to obtain the footage on a disk.

Now thanks to SentrySIS - a secure cloud based software system – CCTV files can be sent in a digital transfer, saving hours in travelling time, thousands of pounds in fuel and has enabled officers to progress investigations quicker as they can generally receive the footage the same day they have requested it.

It also allows statements to be taken remotely, with Durham being the first force in the country to use this facility.

Provided the person giving the statement is over 18, is not vulnerable and not the victim of a serious offence which should be done face to face, it allows officers to create a witness statement from someone and obtain a digital signature from them from anywhere in the world.

This has been used to obtain statements from people in places like Australia and Singapore, which would otherwise have been extremely difficult.

The scheme, which was launched in Durham in November 2017, has been shortlisted for a Digital Leaders 100 award in the Digital Public Service Innovation of the Year category.

The awards recognise and celebrate the teams behind the UK’s digital transformation. Winners will be decided through a combination of a public vote and expert judging panel.

Inspector Adam Norris, from Durham Constabulary, said: “Technology is a great enabler. The time saved by working smarter, not harder, is put back where it matters with boots on the ground in communities.”

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Voting closes at 12pm on Friday, May 10.