It is “absolutely clear” that the “current” police system “is broken” Teresa May has said.
The UK Home Secretary now wants to plough money into setting up a police led ITC company, which will supposedly free chief constables from having to spend so much time on ICT matters and give them better systems and better value for their ICT money.
She announced the plans today at the summer conference of the Association of Chief Police Officers, where she told delegates that officers had told her about “IT systems that require multiple keying of the very same information, are incompatible with systems doing the same basic job in neighbouring forces, or are even incompatible with other systems in their own force.”
She added that the new plans would help ensure that police were “at the heart of defining what systems and services they need.”
According to May around £1.2 billion is currently spent on ICT. There are also around 5,000 staff working on more than 2,000 separate systems across 100 data centres. She said that the new company, which the government hopes to have formed by spring next year, will cut these costs as well as streamline the current systems.
However, she doesn’t want a repeat of the NPIA, with what she claims has “the same old mistakes and old problems repeated”.
She has also said that the Home Office, although expected to hold shares, won’t be making any moves to say how the new systems are run.
She told police officers: “I want this time to be different, I want you to own the solution.
“I want you to decide what you need.”
A board will be formed to oversee the creation of the new company which will be chaired by Lord Gordon Wasserman, the government’s adviser on policing and criminal justice.
We contacted Labour to see what it had to say on the matter, but it’s currently working on its response.