Police intelligence database delayed again

A police database to facilitate intelligence sharing, ordered in the aftermath of the Soham murders, will not be fully operational until 2010, the Home Office revealed last week.

A police database to facilitate intelligence sharing, ordered in the aftermath of the Soham murders, will not be fully operational until 2010, the Home Office revealed last week.

Home Secretary John Reid said good progress was being made in implementing recommendations from the Bichard inquiry into the Soham murders, but a progress report, published last week revealed that that the IMPACT database, set up to facilitate data-sharing between police forces, will cost £367m and not be operational until eight years after the Soham murders were committed.

Sir Michael Bichard’s report into the murders highlighted the police’s failure to share intelligence.

Police in Scotland have successfully deployed an intelligence sharing database but the government has refused to adopt the system in England and Wales, even as an interim solution before Impact is fully rolled out.

 

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