Police transformation bids win £23m in Home Office funding

8 Aug 16

Home secretary Amber Rudd has awarded £23m from the police transformation fund to back projects intended to improve collaboration between forces.

The successful bids, which come from nine forces and the College of Policing, include projects to support the transfer of digital crime scene images between forces, add new technology to the child abuse image database and improve procurement and collaboration. A network of co-ordinators, analysts and prevention officers for the child sexual abuse national action plan will also be funded through the scheme.

Rudd said: “The job of reforming the police must continue and these successful bids demonstrate exactly the kind of transformative thinking that we expect from forces, with creative plans which will enable them to be more efficient and serve their communities more effectively.

“The police transformation fund is incentivising policing to meet future challenges, and I am delighted by the strong early response to the launch of the fund from police and crime commissioners and chief constables – it is clear that they share my passion and determination to finish the job of police reform.”

The total funding available for police transformation in 2016-17 is £76.4m, including £34m already allocated to enhance armed policing capability, £4.6m for digital programmes and £3m for a programme that will consider how best to organise specialist police capabilities such as armed and roads policing.

The successful bids come from West Yorkshire Police, Norfolk Constabulary, Nottinghamshire Police in collaboration with Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, and Hampshire Constabulary, in collaboration with Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley

A full list can be found here.

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