Police database not ready until 2010

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.

However, a progress report published last week revealed that that the Impact database, which is being set up to facilitate the sharing of data between police forces, would cost £367m and would not be operational until 2010 – eight years after the murders were committed.

Michael Bichard’s report into the murders highlighted the failure of police forces to share intelligence about offenders.

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 deployed.

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