STAFFORDSHIRE’S police tsar will boost funds to improve technology supporting the county’s safeguarding agencies.
Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said he had decided to invest in services supporting Staffordshire’s vulnerable as part of a wider technology review.
“In Staffordshire safeguarding agencies are amongst the best in the country doing tremendous work to keep the vulnerable safer,” he said. “Through the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) agencies are working alongside each other, sharing information and making collaborative decisions.
“Great services working jointly together and making a real difference to people’s lives fits exactly with my 5 year plan.”
Mr Ellis said the recent high-profile coverage of the plight’s of two-year-old Keanu Williams and four-year-old Hamzah Khan, had shown that standing still or becoming complacent was not an option.
“Despite professionals’ best efforts, information sharing is always the theme when things go wrong.
“It is these issues we have to get over and we need to get it right,” he said. “I’m making funds available to see what investment in technology can make these great services even better.
“Investing in information sharing and integrating services is the only way to keep driving the shift in culture to put the needs of the vulnerable at the heart of Staffordshire’s safeguarding system.”