Home Office revisits plans for police intelligence sharing

The Home Office is reviewing plans to roll out a police national intelligence sharing system identified as a priority in the Bichard Inquiry into the Soham murders.

The Home Office is reviewing plans to roll out a police national intelligence sharing system identified as a priority in the Bichard Inquiry into the Soham murders.

The Impact Programme is designed to plug gaps in intelligence sharing between police forces by linking and indexing regional intelligence databases.

“The delivery of the Impact programme is currently being reviewed to ensure delivery that reflects the long term needs of the police service and represents the best value investment – a decision on the way forward will be taken shortly,” the Home Office said.

Home Office minister John Reid is understood to be reviewing whether to continue with one element of Impact, the Cross-Regional Information Sharing Project, intended as an interim solution to intelligence sharing.

“Any changes made to the Impact programme would be designed to improve its delivery and will not compromise child protection of the ultimate objective of delivering the Police National Database by December 2010,” said a spokesman.

More information:
http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/operational-policing/impact/communications-and-events/

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