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Yorkshire and Humber CSI gets joint command and control system

Scientific support services organisation buys system from Sopra Steria as part of regional collaboration programme

Crime scene investigators from four police forces in Yorkshire and Humberside will share a command and control system from Sopra Steria.

The system, called STORM, is used to record and manage incidents and will be used by forces from West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside. It is due to go live next April.

The move is part of a regional collaboration project called Joint Thinking, Joint Working, which covers a range of policing issues to deliver capacity and capability in specialist and strategic areas.

John Gilbody, head of operations for Yorkshire and the Humber Scientific Support Services, said the new system would help to “maximise the use of resources and improve the quality of CSI services”.

“Managing and controlling all of our teams from one central location will ensure we are placing our people in the right place at the right time,” he said.

In November last year, South Yorkshire and Humberside police forces went out to tender for a multi-channel customer contact and resource management system, before awarding the contract to Sopra Steria in a deal worth up to £41m.

The original tender document said having a common IT system would provide a platform for business areas in both forces to rethink the way the police service operates and is structured.

Under the collaboration project, Yorkshire and Humberside police forces are working together to restructure human resources and ICT, while the two other forces in the region look at the potential savings of joining up their efforts to tackle serious and organised crime.

In 2014, South Yorkshire and Humberside police forces implemented a joint enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. ......................................

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