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Employee Q&A: Introducing Our Police Product Manager

This year saw the launch of Tisski’s Power Apps for Policing – a set of applications which can support UK police forces in carrying out their day-to-day duties by streamlining an array of processes. 

One person who played an instrumental part in the success of this product launch was newly promoted Police Product Manager, Flossie Eglinton. We caught up with Flossie to talk all things policing and find out how she’s settling into her new role.

Congratulations on your new role! Can you tell us a bit about it? 

Our suite of frontline Power Apps for Policing launched back in June, and I’m now essentially responsible for the management and resale of that offering but, perhaps more excitingly, the development of any additions we make to it, as well. I work closely with our internal project team, Microsoft, and Cumbria and Durham Constabularies (who we created the offering in partnership with), and other people and organisations to make sure our development of the existing apps in the offering and the product roadmap stays in line with best practice, both from a technical perspective and a policing point of view. 

It’s a big step from sales into product management. How have you been finding it? 

This felt natural, like it was the right change for me and I’m so happy with it. I find the policing sector so interesting, and I love that I now get to work in that space every day. I work really closely with the teams at Cumbria and Durham and they’re fantastic – it really is the epitome of a blended team, so that makes my job even more enjoyable. Being a new role and one that I’m carving out as it’s not a role we’ve had at Tisski before, it has definitely been nerve-wracking at times, but so far, so good! 

Do you think your previous role has equipped you well for the product manager role? If so, how? 

Yes, I think so. I’ve been working in the policing sector for nearly two years now and have learnt so much about the industry as a whole, which is key to being able to do my job effectively now. The relationships I’ve built over this time will also play an important role as I move forward as Police Product Manager.  

You studied law at university. Does your law background ever come in handy? 

I think my law degree and previous experience with a solicitors’ certainly gave me a good foundation to build upon when I came to Tisski and I’ve learnt a lot here in the last two years, as well. Now I’m working with policing exclusively, the two do go hand in hand quite nicely! 

What role have you played in the Power Apps for Policing project? Are you pleased with how it’s gone so far? 

I’ve been involved in the Power Apps for Policing project since day one, with my level of involvement varying depending on the stage the project was at but, ultimately, I was responsible for building and maintaining the relationship with Cumbria and Durham, who were absolutely essential for the project’s success. It was my job to make sure things ran as smoothly as they could and act as the first port of call for everyone involved. It hasn’t always been plain sailing; I think a project rarely ever is! But I’m really pleased with how it’s gone so far and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the product develops as time goes by. 

What was the best thing about working on that particular project? 

I think the best thing is when you sit back and think that right now, officers are using our apps on the frontline and that means we’re making a difference to such a critical industry. I’m really proud to be a part of it and excited to see what comes next. 

What will come next for Tisski in policing? 

This first phase of Power Apps for Policing is just the start. We’re going to evolve what we’ve done so far and, working with the Data and Technology Innovation Hub (which brings together professionals from Tisski, Cumbria Constabulary, Durham Constabulary and Microsoft), continue to expand on that suite of apps. We’re also working on a lot of other exciting policing opportunities at the moment as well, covering all bases from frontline to back office. Watch this space! 

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