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Home Office hands out £26m to police transformation projects

Projects offered funding include a scheme to deliver a national policing data analytics lab and an IT system for the UK Protected Persons Service

A total of 28 projects have been awarded funding in the second round of the Home Office’s police transformation fund.

The aim of the fund is to transform the UK’s police forces using innovative solutions to improve efficiency and services.

Successful bids include £2m for a project led by the West Midlands and seven other police forces to create a UK-wide data and analytics platform to transform the way forces collate and use data to tackle complex policing problems and help prevent crime.

The East Midlands region has been awarded £2.9m for a non-crime ICT platform, and the Police ICT Company and the Police Technology Council for the Police Reform Transformation Board have been awarded £2.3m for a range of schemes, including cloud services.

A total of £76.4m is available for police transformation projects this financial year, although this includes money already allocated for police digital programmes and armed policing capability enhancement.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the fund was an opportunity to transform policing for the future and “respond to the changing nature of crime”.

“It is my pleasure to award funds to a raft of projects, from cutting-edge approaches to reducing crime through to digital projects that will help promote diversity in policing,” she said.

In August this year, 14 projects were awarded a total of £23m in the first round of the fund, which was set up under last year’s government spending review.

Initiatives awarded funding in the first round included an integrated technology project across the East Midlands which will receive £2.2m in 2016/17 and a further £3.5m in the following financial year, and £2m for a Metropolitan police-led project on collaborative procurement.

Another project, led by Merseyside police, has been awarded £350,000 in 2016/17 with a further £227,000 the following year for an IT system called Shield for the UK Protected Persons Service.

In January this year, the then Home Secretary, now Prime Minister, Theresa May called on police forces to update their IT, saying they spent too much money on “outdated IT”.

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