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Staffordshire Police and Fire link up to share information

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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THE police and fire service are teaming up to look at new ways of working together and sharing information.

Partner organisations including local councils, the health service, housing associations and representatives of the voluntary sector also attended a meeting at the Police Headquarters on Weston Road, Stafford to explore boosting cooperation.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service teamed up with Staffordshire Police to host the event, which was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis.

The delegates discussed how to collaborate more closely with each other to achieve positive results to broad, complex social issues.

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They looked at the innovative ‘E-Cins’ system, a secure, encrypted cloud-based service which makes it easier for partners to share information which could benefit the residents they are working with.

It provides a ‘virtual partnership’ where different organisations and individuals can access information about offenders who have a high risk of returning to crime as well as relating to vulnerable members of the community.

Station Manager Mark Walchester, who organised the conference, said: "The event was incredibly positive, with lots of organisations attending and supporting the ethos of sharing information more closely.

“On a national scale we have previously seen the problems that can arise when vital information slips through the net. The consequences can be devastating.

“The public sector partners in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent already have a very solid relationship and this efficient and effective E-Cins system will only serve to further strengthen that in the future."

Mr Ellis said: "Sharing appropriate information across the public sector can change chaotic lives, keep people safer, reduce offending and save taxpayers’ money – which is why E-Cins is such a good idea.

“Information sharing is often the theme when things go wrong, so I’ve offered funding to agencies to assist with the technology to do this. E-Cins will help make sure that all agencies put the needs of the vulnerable at the heart of public services."

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