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South Yorkshire and Humberside Police Forces have gone out to joint-tender for a common IT system to align business processes.
The tender, published in the Official Journal of the European Union, said the two police forces are looking to replace their current systems with a multi-channel customer contact and resource management system, to work across police forces.
The two police forces aim to increase collaboration across Yorkshire and Humber.
“Having a common IT solution will provide a platform for the business areas within both forces to rethink the way the service operates and/or are structured,” the tender document said.
“It would allow an opportunity to rationalise and align business processes and activities to provide a more cost-efficient and an increasingly effective operational delivery platform for the Police and its partners.”
The contract, worth between £11m and £41m, is for five years with the option to extend twice for a further 12 months.
Although the framework contract will initially be for South Yorkshire and Humberside, to facilitate further collaboration it will also be made available to the rest of police forces in the north-east England, including North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Durham, Cleveland and Northumbria forces.
The joining up of IT is part of a larger colloaboration project, Joint thinking, Joint Working in Yorkshire and Humber which is collaborating on a range of policing issues across the region to provide better services and increase cost savings.
Last year, South Yorkshire and Humberside forces implemented a joint enterprise resource planning system.