Home secretary Jack Straw has put IT at the heart of the £285m extra cash announced in last week's Budget to "build a modern crime fighting machine".
"Much of the criminal justice system still lacks a modern and integrated IT system," said Straw. "The Capital Modernisation Fund will help us put that right. Making information available electronically to all the criminal justice agencies will save time and money."
Police projects getting a cash boost from the budget include:
Further spending will be agreed after discussions with the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Association of Police Authorities (APA), the Local Government Association and the police unions.
Robin Wilkinson, policy director of the APA, said, "We welcome the new investment and the focus on IT, but not all the money announced has been allocated and we want more details on future spending before we can say whether it will meet our needs."