Transforming the Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice System (CJS) in the UK comprises multiple agencies and processes to prevent crime, hold offenders to account, rehabilitate, and provide victims with justice.

It encompasses early intervention and prevention programmes, policing, prosecution and the courts, prisons, probation and rehabilitation services.

Although crime has fallen steadily over recent years, the scale of the CJS workload is still staggering – it deals with over 3.7 million recorded crimes per year with 1.4 million cases reaching the magistrates court.

Like all government agencies, those in the CJS face significant budgetary constraints and must work smarter to achieve greater efficiencies and flexibilities in their work processes. The challenge is vast. The traditional paper notebook carried by police officers has been the iconic front end of all evidence processed by the CJS for over 100 years. Its continued use, together with the mountains of paperwork seen in courtrooms up and down the country, is symbolic of the extent to which the digital revolution has yet to make its mark on the CJS.

Over a third of police forces are already using Pronto, Airwave’s suite of mobile data applications and services. This provides forces with an intuitive set of tools for collecting and inputting evidence out in the field or at scene of an incident. Using Pronto, data only needs to be entered once and can be reused and retrieved by authorised individuals in different CJS agencies throughout the pathway. In Dyfed Powys for example, where Pronto is being rolled out to deliver paperless policing, police officers are already moving a range of processes online including Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment (DASH) forms, collision reports and other traffic processes.

To find out more, read the full case study.