National Police Improvement Agency leaves path clear for likes of Steria and Capgemini

The CEO of the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA), Peter Neyroud, says that better use of technology will help the Police save £200m by 2015.

The NPIA, advices police authorities on technology, was told by the coalition government to cut £30m in costs.

It will make £25m IT savings this year out of a total of £1bn savings across police forces.

Neyroud wants police forces to share back office functions.

Steria and Capgemini are examples of suppliers that are set up to help the police do this.

I recently interviewed Capgemini’s head of UK outsourcing Greg Hyttenrauch as well as Steria’s UK CEO John Torrie. Both talk a good game when it comes to IT services for police forces so I expect them to increasingly come up against each other in bids.

For example Steria recently won its first client for its shared services platform aimed at police forces.

Cleveland Police Authority became the first customer.The authority is spending £175m over the next decade on shared services and expects £50m in savings in that time.

Cleveland will be the first police body to use Steria to share services such as finance, HR, payroll, commissioning and fleet management in Steria’s dedicated datacentres. When other forces are signed up they will use the same infrastructure.

If one police authority can save £50m over ten years, then £200m over five years is not that much when you consider there are 43 police forces.

John Torrie, CEO at Steria in the UK, says the Cleveland deal is a way forward for police forces meeting their cost cutting targets. “It takes costs out of the back office and protects the front line.”

Capgemini is a proponent of using the cloud for shared services.

The use of share services also lends itself to the G-Cloud project.