Austerity measures continue to hit public sector services. Police forces across the country are undertaking cost cutting exercises. And they link to business change, re-shaping key processes and structures.
All in an effort to increase efficiencies against the backdrop of shrinking budgets.
“The challenge for Police Forces and Police Authorities isn’t just to balance the books, but to transform the way they deliver policing and make it more efficient, so that the public can continue to receive improving services”.
HMIC July 2012. Policing in Austerity: One Year On, Northamptonshire Police
Northamptonshire Police had to cut its budget by £17 million by 2015. A further £23 million saving was needed by 2017. The Force have had to look hard at its operations with an ambitious transformation programme underway.
Northamptonshire Police are at the forefront of innovation. They embrace new technology which promises savings and efficiencies.
Artemis has already delivered impressively, saving the Force £238,000 in fuel and accidents alone. This is £100,000 more than they had expected. Artemis will contribute over £1 million towards the 5 year £23 million savings requirement.
“The Force are seeking a system which enables Northamptonshire Police to reduce costs through greater fuel efficiency. Also, more accurate service frequency intervals encouraged through the solution.
Drivers should get immediate feedback resulting in improved driver behaviour. The Force will be able to further maximise use of its Fleet resources by providing a means of improving response times and driver protection through accurate resource location based on a real-time data feed.
A range of secure, accurate real-time data will be available for Force use and will be admissible for evidential purposes. At the same time, interoperability of such a system is important so that it is sufficiently flexible and adaptable as to work with a number of IT solutions currently in Force and any upgrades that may apply.
Also that such a solution would be capable of adapting to work in other Forces with their different systems. The solution will take account of the specific demands of police vehicles”.
Graham Crow, Head of Transport and Travel
Artemis uses state-of-the-art vehicle telemetry to provide vehicle location information and monitor vehicle attributes. The data is used to provide simple and effective feedback to the driver, as well as back to Artemis central servers.
Users benefit from a comprehensive set of reports detailing driver behaviour and utilisation of vehicles. Artemis also has the ability to link into Force Business Intelligence, Control Room and Fleet Management Systems.
Artemis is designed to deliver the following benefits:
Cost reductions through:
- Reduced fuel usage
- Reduced vehicle wear and tear
- Optimal servicing intervals
- Fewer collisions
- Reduced legal costs
Improved efficiencies through:
- Improved response times
- Better utilisation and availability
- Improved driver behaviour
- Improved safety
- Officer protection
The economy of installed cars has risen to 35.7mpg. That is a 7.3mpg increase on the fleet baseline data.
There has been a reduction of half a million miles from the baseline of 5.3 million miles. That’s almost 10%.
The Force set a target to reduce accidents in 2014 by 25%. The number of accidents up to the end of August 2014 was 113. A 39% reduction in collisions.
Maintenance and Servicing
In 2014, Northamptonshire Police changed 70 fewer tyres, thats a 4% reduction.
And an interface to Tranman enabled automated mileage readings for more accurate readings and better maintenance scheduling.
Fleet fuel usage has decreased by 2,700 gallons per month. That’s 32,400 gallons a year, a 17% reduction on the baseline.
Northamptonshire Police are saving £175,000 or 17% of their annual fuel bill.
The integration of Artemis data with other force data through a Business Objects interface enables effective supervision of driver behaviour and utilisation.
Automated Driver ID and mileage readings remove the need to manually complete paper log books. They’ve been removed from the vehicles altogether.
For the first time, the Force has an accurate database of resource utilisation allowing optimum utilisation across the county.
Installation of IDR will remove the need for separate incident data recorders and provide better information for collision investigators.