How allowing multi-agency partners dynamic secure access to core police data enables proactive joint management of individuals, locations and offenders and supports effective problem solving and safeguarding

Mr Neil Pitman1

1Northgate Public Services, Bracknell, United Kingdom


Purpose: How allowing multi-agency partners access  to core police data, enables proactive joint management of individuals, locations and offenders supporting effective problem solving and safeguarding

Scope: In the UK information sharing was identified as a factor in:

  • 19/44 serious case reviews re death or serious injury of a child in 2020.
  • 76% of  Domestic Homicide Reviews

Policing manages offenders  and complex service users 24/7 who are also  engaged with other agencies . Yet  co-location continues to be the collaborative model of choice.  South Yorkshire Police leading the National Problem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme used the CONNECT Partner platform, which enables  partners to  access a core Police system from their own systems, and examined whether the effective sharing of information facilitated the implementation of Evidence Based Policing.

Problem: Information security remains an obstacle to effective information sharing regardless of digital transformation.  Enabling Partners to access relevant core Police information and vice-versa helps to reduce reoffending and protect vulnerable people and communities. Doing so without Police accounts and Police hardware is critical to more agile information sharing.

Conclusion: Early stages of evaluation showed:

  • Improved confidence in relevant information shared between partners
  • Improved access to a greater range of information resulting in increased accuracy of risk assessments.
  • Greater accessibility of information and accountability of tasks on jointly managed priorities.
  • Reduction in demand for police and partners to share information
  • Over 100 Problem Solving Packages (PSPs) added to the platform
  • Partner could deliver.
  • 68% improved efficiency to collaborative teams by decentralising management.


Neil Pitman was a serving Police Officer in the United Kingdom (UK) retiring as a Chief Inspector in 2016.  Neil created a number of community policing  initiatives during his Police career  which subsequently became national programmes such as:

  • Community Speed Watch
  • Community Justice Panel
  • Policing Pledge
  •  From 2010-2016 Neil led a number of ground-breaking national  offender management programmes such as:
  • Integrated Offender Management
  • Foreign National offenders
  • Female Offenders
  • Criminal Justice Alignment

Neil co authored the Ministry of Justice Female Offender strategy as well as writing  the Police National IOM strategy and  the Wales National Offender management strategy. As well as  the Police Foreign National Offender Strategy.

Between 2010 and 2016 Neil was the Police SME and lead reviewer for offender management across the UK and Ireland  working with every force in the UK to develop approaches to offender management and review partnership structures.

In 2016 Neil led the development of the National Offender Management agency Database programme whilst also delivering ground-breaking information sharing approaches between Police and Probation

Neil now works for Northgate Public services helping customers leverage their existing capabilities and working to develop Northgate products to meet the needs of the Police service in the future.