Home Office Hands Out £23m to Digital Policing Project

The Home Office has awarded 14 projects a total of £23m to improve policing through digital initiatives.

The grants are part of the police transformation fund that was set up as part of last year’s spending review.

The initiatives that have been awarded funding include an integrated technology project across the East Midlands which was awarded £2.2m in 2016-17, as well as £2m for a Metropolitan Police-led project on collaborative procurement.

The fund is run by the Police Reform and Transformation Board with the final decision made by the Home Office.

In total £76.4m is available for police transformation projects this year.

New home secretary Amber Rudd said that reforming police services “must continue” and that she expects all forces across England and Wales to benefit from the projects.

She said: “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.” 

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