Police minister Hazel Blears last week launched a new system, Impact Nominal Index (INI), to pool police intelligence.
INI is the first system to be delivered by the Impact programme, set up to implement recommendations in Michael Bichard's report following the murders of Soham schoolgirls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.
The system allows officers to rapidly establish whether a police force elsewhere in the country holds information on someone they are investigating. In the past this information would not have been visible outside the force holding the record.
Last month the prime minister was criticised in the House of Commons for three years of delays to the Impact programme. These concerns were echoed by the IT suppliers' association Intellect.
The Impact programme was pushed through by the Police IT Organisation, which is to be disbanded and its functions incorporated into the new National Police Improvement Agency.