Police data plan finalised

The Home Office has finalised its plans to develop a £367m national police database that will link up data across England and Wales.

The Home Office has finalised its plans to develop a £367m national police database that will link up data across England and Wales.

The Impact Programme will pave the way for a system designed to connect information held locally and nationally by police systems, as well as on the Police National Computer.

The programme is now in a strong position to deliver a range of resources to the police service that would meet the recommendations of the Bichard Inquiry, the Home Office said.

In March last year, Michael Bichard published his final report, which detailed the government's promise to introduce the Impact system in 2007. But in November, the Home Office said delivery would be put back to 2010.

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