InterOp-Pol Charter

1. Purpose:

The purpose of this charter is to broadly define the operating framework for InterOp-Pol, the inter-operability in Policing initiative including its membership, vision, objectives, principles and broad commitments from signatories of this charter. This Charter is a living document, which will evolve over a period of time as the initiative moves from the ideation phase to a fully mature operating framework.

2. Vision:

This initiative is envisioned to sign-up technology organisations, to a coalition of the willing, to promote inter-operability of technology solutions for criminal justice and public safety organisations. This will then help these organisations to deliver efficient business processes and outcomes. The initiative is aimed at delivering collaborative capability across local, regional and national emergency services organisations, in order to help share, exchange and better exploit data. This will hopefully lead to a reduction in duplication of information assets and  the associated costs, assisting in the delivery of more efficient public services. The initiative draws upon a shared common interest between the customer and service provider community to contribute to the delivery of a key aspect of the Policing Vision 2025 by adopting common technology, standard interfaces and open architectures, standard business processes and fair costing practices.

3. Objectives:

  • To encourage technology solution providers to adopt common and open data, technology and standard interfaces
  • To refine a tier system for software suppliers membership, such that customers have a mechanism to evaluate how open and interoperable their solutions are
  • To encourage the customer community (including major influencers) to adopt common standard business processes and eliminate duplication and overlap to the extent possible
  • To promote publishing and exchange of technical information by suppliers around integration of technology platforms including but not limited to APIs, web services, data models, process definitions, technical architecture, within a framework that respects IP protection
  • To promote a recognition framework for suppliers who are embracing this initiative and actively contributing to its vision
  • To encourage customers’ buying organisations to embed adoption of this initiative in their procurement specification and processes
  • To develop concrete mechanisms to create and maintain a repository of integration artefacts and other such material, which encourages innovation and allows the existing and new players to build technology solutions to plug into the existing platforms, thereby lowering the cost of ownership for the end customer
  • To identify opportunities for common technical development that can plug in to the national initiatives of APCC, NPCC, Business Change Council, IMORCC, the Home Office, Police Technology Council, the Police ICT Company and other regional and national bodies. For example, common technical development may include development of a standard integration between a command and control system and a case or records management system.
  • To embrace fair pricing structure where in information assets can be shared across multiple organisations within a reasonable commercial construct

4. Principles:

  • This is a voluntary initiative
  • The primary and defining objective and priority is to provide the best available technology in support of front line policing
  • Both members and non-members of techUK can participate in the initiative
  • techUK will act as common placeholder and facilitator of this initiative and provide programme office support
  • In the initial stages techUK will help this initiative develop and mature in a sustainable way
  • All signatories of this charter will maintain an impartial approach to participate and develop this initiative beyond individual organisational interests
  • All parties will meet their own costs
  • We will act lawfully and ethically
  • We’ll respect individual organisations’ need to protect their intellectual property

5. Commitments:

There is recognition that commitments will be different for technology product and services providers and customer organisations/umbrella bodies. Similarly, once the tier system is adopted, qualifying commitments will be different for different tiers.

Therefore, at this initial stage only minimum commitments are defined in the charter

5.1 Minimum Commitments from Technology Product/Services Organisations:

  • Signatory to agree with the charter and develop/promote its vision/objectives
  • Make commitment to take definitive steps within their organisation towards achievement of these objectives at a pace of their choice
  • Share/publish information and artefacts in support of achievement of specific objectives within a collectively agreed envelope of IP protection and confidentiality
  • Not disparage other companies, their products or services

5.2 Minimum Commitments from Customer Organisations/Umbrella Bodies:

  • Signatory to agree with the charter and develop and promote its vision/objectives.
  • Actively promote adoption of charter within their supplier network
  • Work towards adoption of applicable objectives in relevant initiatives and programmes of work
  • Work towards active promotion of the charter vision and objectives within procurement process and specifications, while remaining compliant with procurement rules and laws
  • Share/publish information and artefacts in support of achievement of specific objectives within a collectively agreed envelope of IP protection and confidentiality

6. Membership is open to:

  • Technology organisations (both members and non-members of techUK)
  • Customer organisations in Justice and Emergency Services sector
  • The Home Office and its associated organisations
  • National Bodies and organisations in emergency services such as NCA, NPCC, APCC, BCC, IMORCC, NPTC, PICTCo etc.