£800,000 secured for joint blue light and integrated IT projects

West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police have secured more than £800,000 funding from the Home Office ‘precursor’ Police Innovation Fund for their joint blue light and integrated IT projects.

Jan 29, 2014
By Paul Jacques
Haroon Iqbal

West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police have secured more than £800,000 funding from the Home Office ‘precursor’ Police Innovation Fund for their joint blue light and integrated IT projects.

The bids were split into £18,000 to develop a contact management and command and control facility to allow more effective working as part of the wider blue light family and £793,200 for an integrated ICT communications programme across the strategic alliance.

It is understood a further £1.64 million will be made available to both forces in 2014/15. Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have also requested an additional £4.28 million, which is not yet approved and will be subject to evaluation of progress and delivery of benefits in the next funding round in April 2015.

The Home Office funding is designed to incentivise collaboration and support improved digital working and enable police and crime commissioners to invest in a range of other innovative approaches that have the potential to improve policing and deliver further efficiency.

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