In the 21st century, a good IT system is essential for every police force to record and share information and intelligence.
On the 9th July Greater Manchester Police launched their new IT system called iOPS, 19 months late, it has taken nearly 5 years to design by Capita. It has cost millions of pounds.
The new system which GMP is the first police force to use is a month later still posing problems for officers.
I visited Tithe Barn Primary the other week where the children are learning to use Google Cloud as a resource.
Year 6 Digital Leaders gave me a very impressive presentation and I was particularly struck by some of their comments. They said
‘We have access to a green paperless homework system called Google Classroom and we can access all our work from home’
I love the energy and passion that young people bring to political discussion. It is always a tonic to hear their ideas and enthusiasm.
I recently met three local young people who are Stockport’s representatives in the UK Youth Parliament, which is made up of 11-18 year olds from all over the country.
Members of the Youth Parliament are elected locally and they campaign to bring about social change and to be the voice of young people locally.
Faith Oliver, aged 15 and Alex Davies, 16, who are at Stockport School, are two of Stockport’s representatives in the Youth Parliament. I met them recently and they outlined to me their chosen campaign on mental health, which is an issue that worries many young people.