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Axed police agency to earn £5m from data sharing application

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has agreed a deal for an information sharing application it developed to be licensed to other organisations, potentially earning the police service £5m.

The NPIA also picked up an award for the web service that enables police forces to share data standards and develop interfaces. The agency won the Police Force Technology Award for its Code List Management System (CLMS) at the Emergency Service Awards.

In July last year the government earmarked the NPIA to be phased out. "We need to ensure that this learning lives on and secures a home in the national policing landscape," said Nick Gargan, CEO of the NPIA.

CLMS is estimated to have saved forces up to £2m by improving data quality and search accuracy, enabling more efficient distribution of lists and reducing duplication of information across the police service.

As a result of the success of CLMS, the NPIA has awarded a contract to business process outsourcing company Liberata to license and sell it to the wider market.

The new deal gives the NPIA an agreed percentage of the revenue, which is likely to make the police service £5m over the next five years. A further £1.5m could be saved through the free use of the service to all police forces, it said.

There will also be free use of CLMS across government, with further potential savings of up to £10m for government departments.

"CLMS means better information sharing, which means better policing. Information is vital to help police officers do their job and bring offenders to justice. Providing officers with timely and accurate information allows them to make informed operational decisions," added Gargan.

Dermot Joyce, CEO of Liberata, said: "This is a ground-breaking and innovative deal between Liberata and the NPIA."


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