Home Office awards £100 million-plus to dedicated police transformation projects

The Government is investing more than £100 million of the Police Transformation Fund (PTF) in projects designed to prepare police forces to adapt to the challenges of the future. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has approved up to £70 million for investment in 2018-2019 in four national major police-led programmes covering forces in England and Wales and to manage the portfolio of projects to ensure maximum benefits are shared among forces.

The programmes will transform how the police use technology, make it easier for the public to engage with police online and boost capacity to deal with major threats.

Altogether, this will help to support the police in preventing and combating existing serious crime and being better equipped to deal with new types of crime.

The Home Office has also announced 15 successful bids to the PTF totalling £42.7 million across 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, said: “Criminals don’t stand still, and neither should our police forces. We’re determined to support police leaders in creating a modern, agile and responsive police service. The Police Transformation Fund is delivering real change in policing, and this new funding will continue to help forces improve efficiency and tackle threats like serious and organised crime.”

National programmes in progress

The four police-led national programmes, which are already underway, include:

Home Secretary Sajid Javid

Home Secretary Sajid Javid

*The National Enabling Programme: This will deliver a unified IT system across policing and ensure more joined-up working within and between forces. In Cumbria, for example, cloud-based note-taking technology allows officers preparing to question suspects in custody to view real-time information from victim interviews being conducted by other officers elsewhere, thereby improving the response offered to those affected by crime

*Specialist Capabilities Programme: This will improve force-to-force resource sharing in key crime areas like roads policing and armed policing. In cyber crime, for example, the programme seeks to ensure forces can tackle digitally-dependent crime, with oversight provided through Regional Organised Crime Units

*The Digital Policing Portfolio: This aims to improve the police’s use of technology, including by creating a single online hub. The hub allows members of the public to report low-level incidents – such as minor road collisions – online rather than having an officer manually record the information at their local station, providing a better service to the public and improving efficiency for the force

*Transforming Forensics: This will improve how biometric services and digital forensics are used, including the development of a 24/7 fingerprint identification service

Delivery of cash savings and improved efficiencies

The national programmes are expected to deliver cash savings, as well as improving efficiency by, for example, freeing up officers for front line policing roles. Funding will be released in stages to the programmes subject to progress in delivery to provide ongoing assurance of this major investment.

The PTF was launched in May 2016 and aims to help the police service respond to changing crime and shape policing for the future.

In Phase 1 (2016-2017 to 2017-2018), 98 projects benefited from £223 million of funding. For Phase 2 (2018-2019 to 2019-2020), investment will focus squarely on the national programmes and meeting the demands of serious and organised crime.

*Read the full list of successful Police Transformation Fund bids

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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