Delivery partners chosen for major UK police IT project
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Deloitte and BT have been confirmed as suppliers for the UK police national enabling programmes (NEP), as well as the burgeoning police national management centre (NMC).

Deloitte has been selected as the ‘client delivery partner,’ providing a range of services to assist forces in adopting what a joint statement refers to as “the productivity services cloud platform.” It and BT will also create “monitoring capability” across the country meanwhile, via the establishment of the NMC.

The two programmes are intended help police and crime commissioners “buy, manage and exploit” information technology more effectively than they are currently able to. The national enabling programme – which will see investment of around £100 million – in particular, is aimed at introducing greater consistency across force IT systems. This will include not only cloud-based services using Microsoft Azure, but also “improved cyber security technologies,” along with nationally-implemented standards.

A spokesperson said: “This digital transformation will allow police forces across the country to collaborate more effectively, better-engage with citizens and protect sensitive data from rising levels of cyber-crime.

“By using the latest technology, aligned to a national risk framework to improve the efficiency of their operations, forces will become more effective to public safety needs while meeting the demands of their agile workforce, and all at a reduced overall cost.”

Speaking of the development, Wayne Parkes, programme director, NEP said: “The NEP is a key enabling tool that will deliver a foundational change within policing as we exploit new ICT resources in a unified way across our forces. This ‘joined up thinking’ will facilitate a radical change in both what the police do and how the public interact with us.”

Ian Dyson, commissioner of the City of London Police, said: “During 2017 and 2018 the NEP team has worked very successfully with a handful of forces to trial the implementation of these new technologies and business models. Now with the delivery partners, we can begin the planned roll out to deliver and embed these changes across forces.”

The NEP underpins a new digital policing policy outlined in The Policing Vision 2025, which is a comprehensive policy review document published by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, and the National Police Chiefs Council.

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