Delivery partners chosen for major UK police IT project

Deloitte and BT have been confirmed as suppliers for the UK police national enabling programmes (NEP), as well as the burgeoning police national management centre (NMC).

Deloitte has been selected as the ‘client delivery partner,’ providing a range of services to assist forces in adopting what a joint statement refers to as “the productivity services cloud platform.” It and BT will also create “monitoring capability” across the country meanwhile, via the establishment of the NMC.

The two programmes are intended help police and crime commissioners “buy, manage and exploit” information technology more effectively than they are currently able to. The national enabling programme – which will see investment of around £100 million – in particular, is aimed at introducing greater consistency across force IT systems. This will include not only cloud-based services using Microsoft Azure, but also “improved cyber security technologies,” along with nationally-implemented standards.

A spokesperson said: “This digital transformation will allow police forces across the country to collaborate more effectively, better-engage with citizens and protect sensitive data from rising levels of cyber-crime.

“By using the latest technology, aligned to a national risk framework to improve the efficiency of their operations, forces will become more effective to public safety needs while meeting the demands of their agile workforce, and all at a reduced overall cost.”

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