Just two weeks after the success of the E-CINS National Conference, Sussex Police held their own User Group Conference in Slaugham with 120 representatives from across the county attending the event.
The Sussex conference, which focused on Engaging Partners, was spearheaded by E-CINS Champion and practitioner, Sergeant Melanie Locke of Sussex Police.
Speaking after the event Sergeant Locke said “We had a tremendous turnout and were delighted with the feedback we received. We have been using E-CINS for 2 and a half years now, for ASB and Hate Crime, and we felt it was important to run a dedicated E-CINS event to give others the opportunity to see the benefits it creates for us.
There were several questions raised on feedback with many attendees focussing on how and when Sussex Police will take this forward. This is our next challenge and we will be working with each of the districts in the early part of this year to manage this. Several new areas of business have requested that they start to work with E-CINS.”
Delegates in attendance included Katy Bourne – Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Deputy Chief Constable Giles York, Sussex Police Force’s Information Manager, the Force Diversity Manager, Inspectors across the whole force, a representative from each of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams, the Community Safety Manager for each area, Fire Brigade, Mental Health Services, Police Officers, Council Employees and Partners from across the board.
Representatives from IOM, restorative justice and domestic violence were also present and expressed an interest in using E-CINS.
Sergeant Locke said “We engage with a range of partners via E-CINS and we were delighted to welcome so many of them to the conference”.
Sergeant Locke continued “My experience of working with E-CINS began when I was ASB and Hate Crime Co-ordinator within the city of Brighton and, ever since, I’ve been instrumental in promoting its benefits to other areas of the force, partners and external agencies.
E-CINS has revolutionised partnership working in Sussex by creating an environment where everyone knows what everyone else is doing, enabling bespoke care plans to be developed by multiple agencies who are all aware of the bigger picture.
A prime example of how E-CINS has helped us is by drastically reducing the referrals timescale. The referral process for DV MARAC can take up to 8 days whereas with ECINS you can take it down to sometimes as little as 2 hours.
The purpose of the conference was to assist those who are already using E-CINS to share their good practice, for those who were thinking about adopting E-CINS to see it in action and for partners and staff who had no understanding, to give them their first introduction.
The format took a range of presentations in the morning followed by workshops in the afternoon where open discussions took place on subjects including Getting Started; Domestic Abuse; Street Community; ASB and Hate.
We are now very close to getting 60-70% of the force signed up and, following the conference, we are now proposing to move into new business areas of IOM, Restorative Justice, repeat DV perpetrators under Clare’s Law and Signature, which runs across the whole force as part of Operation Jessica.
One of the key messages I wanted to get across at the conference is that E-CINS really does revolutionise information sharing. Eventually I would hope to see an E-CINS Team in every force nationally and for those teams to establish a Think Tank to standardise a way of us all working together. Already the conference has inspired other forces to look at running a similar event so that they can encourage others across the country to sign up to E-CINS.