Criminal Justice System Week



The Video Enabled Policing Programme has become increasingly relevant since the beginning of the pandemic, allowing police officers to attend trials efficiently and remotely, whilst also improving custody processes for everyone involved. Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has pioneered the programme and is now working closely with the Police Digital Service to launch this across the UK.

VEP's overarching goal is to take pressure off the Criminal Justice System by driving efficiency, clear communications and improving outcomes for victims. The VEP Programme delivers two models to police forces: Police Witness Co-ordination and PACE Interview Co-ordination.

Sussex Police is one of three initial forces supporting the progression of VEP technology, which is incredibly important to Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. It is hoped that 2022/23 will not only see improvements to this technology, but a roll out to 17 further forces across the UK.

Video Enabled Policing Explained:

PACE Interview Co-ordination - using existing technology, provides tools for interviewing officers to better co-ordinate the participants of a custody interview and enables interpreters and interviewing officers to join interviews remotely if appropriate. This effectively lowers interpreter costs, better manages the risk in custody suites, and reduces overall custody hold times.

Police Witness Co-ordination - provides a range of tools that co-ordinates officers, in the most efficient and effective way, to give evidence in trials, whether in person or remotely. It includes timely notifications of trial updates to enable officers to return to frontline duties with minimal delay or disruption. The Police Witness Co-ordination solution reduces the administrative burden on Witness Care Officers managing and coordinating Police Witnesses.

An additional bonus of VEP, which is currently being evaluated and modelled, are the benefits associated with the reduction of administrative burden on Witness Care Units. This will minimise the processing of trial notifications and witness requirements and will release more time for Witness Care Officers to focus on providing more support to victims and witnesses.

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has said “Video Enabled Policing is incredibly important for not only making the best use of the forces time and resource, but for keeping victims at the heart of the Criminal Justice System. I am eager to see this technology rolled out across wider forces over 2022/23.”