Public safety and justice agencies around the world are facing the increasingly difficult challenge of dealing with shrinking resources. In the U.S., for example, results from a survey conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Major Cities Chiefs Association show an estimated 53 percent of U.S. counties are working with fewer staff today than they were a decade ago.
As a result of having to do more with less, police are turning to technology as a force multiplier, and one of the greatest force multipliers can come from the Internet of Everything (IoE). In short, the Internet of Everything is the networked connection of people, process, data, and things. What it can do for public safety and justice agencies is to create opportunities to increase cost efficiency, improve safety and security, provide better response times, and increase productivity.
So many great conversations with leaders from around the world.
My appreciation to Jeffrey, Markus, Alice, Richard and everyone from IACA who organized and planned this impressive conference. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Eline, Paul, and Maarten from 3rd Millennium Productions and Camp Creative for producing these videos.
Jeffrey Apperson, President IACA was a great host and leader with the team of volunteers that planned and organized this conference with great success.
The keynotes and panel workshops have been very impressive with many challenging topics.
Mr. John Stacey, President, European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice moderated the panel discussion that focused on challenges building and maintaining a framework for court services in a global economic malaise focused on best practices for improving the efficiency of courts with digital systems optimized for quality, speed, and process improvement.
Ms. Mary Campbell McQueen, President, National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A. shared a framework model (access, plan, implement, and evaluate) in the new normal focused on not more with less but doing more by doing things differently through re-engineering of court processes. Six strategies include: consolidate services, automate, systematically apply case management, maximize online transactions, reorganize back office, and redistrict and redefine jurisdiction and venue.
Dr. Frans van Dijk, Director Strategy and Development, Netherlands Council for the Judiciary, Netherlands described the relationship between our economy and increases in court caseloads with three recommendations for reducing costs to simplify procedures, redraw judicial maps, and improve funding incentives. These are detailed in the European Networks of Council for the Judiciary (ENCJ) report. It is critical for the judiciary take the lead and be directly involved in the design.