Author Archives: Steve Norris

About Steve Norris

Steve is our Managing Partner for the Criminal Justice and Emergency Services Practice and, with over 23 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, he’s well-qualified for the job. He has dedicated the last seven years to working closely with, and truly understanding, O2’s public sector customers across central and local government, the third sector, and now the Police and Emergency Services. He is passionate about helping to drive real change for the good of our public services. You can contact Steve at @stevejnorris or uk.linkedin.com/in/o2stevenorris

Meet the Super Recognisers - people and technology fighting crime together

by Steve Norris: Managing Partner, Criminal Justice and Emergency Services Practice If I asked if you’re familiar with the work of the Super Recognisers, you might think I was talking about the latest super hero team. Well these guys and girls don’t wear capes or their pants outside their trousers, but they do happen to … more »

NHS leads the way for paperless policing

by Steve Norris: Managing Partner, Criminal Justice and Emergency Services Practice Even though there’s a lot of debate around whether the NHS goal of becoming paperless by 2018 is achievable, the benefits are not in question. Using digital technologies increases efficiencies and reduces cost. You’ll know that the upcoming spending review due on 25 November will … more »

Strong and stylish: rugged devices get a face-lift

by Steve Norris: Managing Partner, Criminal Justice and Emergency Services, Telefónica UK Back in February, Wired magazine made a bold statement in predicting that in less than two years smartphones could completely replace the need for a computer.[1] But is their statement really that shocking? Smartphone capabilities are continuously improving, but it’s not just the … more »

Efficient, effective, practical: the digital policing transformation

by Steve Norris: Managing Partner, Criminal Justice and Emergency Services, Telefónica UK Last week, the Police Superintendents’ Association Annual Conference showcased a variety of digital capabilities that can help Police be more visible and effective while reducing costs. The question is, are we ready to grasp the opportunity? O2 worked with Kable to research the topic … more »

The O2 network: reliable, secure, resilient

by Steve Norris, Managing Partner for Criminal Justice and Emergency Services, Telefónica UK When you are making an urgent call, downloading important documents or checking for neighbourhood news on social media you don’t want to be worrying about connectivity. And why should you? A sign of a great network is a network you don’t even … more »

Happy Birthday to us!

By Steve Norris, Managing Partner for the Criminal Justice and Emergency Services Practice at O2  This week we’re celebrating the 2nd birthday of the O2 Criminal Justice Practice.  I honestly don’t know where the time goes but now’s a great time to think back over what we’ve achieved over the past 2 years. The O2 Criminal Justice … more »

Technology is the future of Stop and Search

The US town of Ferguson has been rocked by rioting and civil unrest after a jury decided not to bring charges over the death of a black teenager Michael Brown who was fatally shot by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on 9 August. The case inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. Officer Darren Wilson … more »

Body Worn Video: A new type of evidence?

Today the Metropolitan Police have announced that they are trialing body worn video (BWV) with 500 devices across 10 London boroughs. I welcome the news. Personally I think the ability to record and store live footage on the beat has enormous potential to build better relationships with communities, speed up the justice process and offer … more »